Chrysler Group LLC : SRT Motorsports - RAM Camping World Truck Series Race Final Quotes - Talladega
10/08/2012| 04:57am US/Eastern
October 6, 2012 , TALLADEGA, Ala.- Ryan
Blaney (No. 29 Draw-Tite RAM) Finished Fifth
TAKE US THROUGH YOUR RACE TODAY: "It was a pretty crazy
race. For my first superspeedway race, it was really cool. To
bring this Draw-Tite RAM home fifth is really cool for
everyone at BKR (Brad Keselowski Racing). This was the first
time that Draw-Tite was on the truck with me driving it.
"Man, we almost got a win. I think that Kurt (Busch) and
me were coming there really fast at the end and had a shot to
win this thing. We came off that last corner and were really
hooked up before the caution flag came out. I had a lot of
fun. I made some mistakes. Had to drop back, drive back to
the front and led some laps. We were able to run back to the
front every time that we got dropped back. Our RAM was
IT LOOKED LIKE YOU WERE REALLY PATIENT EARLY ON IN THE RACE
JUST TRYING TO FIGURE OUT TALLADEGA? "Yeah. I just
wanted to run the first-half of the race and try to
understand the draft and how the truck would handle. I could
put (it) anywhere on the track and find speed. I had the one
incident with (Miguel) Paludo where I got pushed back to 20th
or so and had to fight my way back to the front. I pushed
Kurt up to the lead one time and then he turned around and
pushed me to the front. I knew the outside line was probably
going to be better so I tried to use that to my advantage.
There was one time…the second to last restart…I choose the
high lane and the truck didn't go like I wanted to. Just
a fun race."
YOU TALKED TO BRAD KESELOWSKI AND YOUR DAD (DAVE) ABOUT
TALLADEGA, WHAT DID YOU LEARN TODAY? "I learned the ups
and downs, highs and lows of Talladega. We were in the lead
and in 25th about two times. I'm really happy to bring
this Draw-Tite RAM home fifth at my first superspeedway race.
That was fun. I think if the race would have gone all the way
to the checkered-flag without the yellow flag coming out that
Kurt and I would have gotten there. I can't wait until
the next race I can do this again."
WAS SUPERSPEEDWAY RACING WHAT YOU EXPECTED? "You race a
lot closer than you think (laughs). You're three-wide all
race and it's so easy to make a mistake. I think it was a
clean race. I just wish that we could have run to the finish
line with Kurt to see if I had a shot at winning this
Doug Randolph (Crew Chief, No. 29 Draw-Tite RAM)
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE RACE THAT YOUR YOUNG DRIVER HAD TODAY?
"It was a great race. To come to Talladega, never having
raced on a superspeedway before, and have the performance
that he did is incredible. He showed an incredible amount of
talent and patience all day. Trying to figure this place out,
bump drafting, and everything that goes on here is really
special. I thought that we had a pretty good Draw-Tite RAM
all day. Ryan was able to keep the truck out of trouble and
showed that we had the speed to run anywhere on the track.
Ryan did a great job. It was a typical Talladega race where
you go from the front-to-the-back to the front again. Just a