“They Said What?” Camping World Truck Series Edition
Sometimes when you stick a microphone in front of a driver’s face, you have no clue what they may say and a couple of times you’ll hear something that surprises you or gives you a bit of a perspective.
Throughout the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, I had the opportunity to speak to a bunch of different competitors. During those interviews, there were some quotes that stood out. So it seems only fitting we take a glance back through the year at what was said.
I am blessed to be in the opportunity that I am in. The wreck was a pretty crazy time for my family. It’s amazing an event that affects one person can have side effects that affect everybody in your family, and friends too. So it was kind of trying time for us, and getting through that, and to be back in Nashville for three months was pretty tough on me mentally. But as time went on, I think that three months working on everything that I could think of to work on – most of it was sponsorship based. I spent a lot of time looking for sponsors that are actually going to be on the truck next year. Really, I did what work that I could and make it work as much as I could. – Justin Fontaine
I’m excited about Texas every time I go there, being my home track, but that one and Canada (Canadian Tire Motorsports Park), and Eldora are always tracks that I like to pick out from the others. They’re unique for me and I enjoy them, too. – Austin Wayne Self
Honestly, it caught me off-guard. I found out two hours before the press release came out as Brad (Keselowski) had called me. Definitely didn’t see it coming at all. I hate it for all the employees here. They’re a great group of guys and girls. Hopefully they can all find jobs and somehow be part of my career and maybe I can work with them down the road. It’s definitely an unfortunate situation. Obviously, I understand where Brad is coming from. But, it doesn’t make it any easier. – Chase Briscoe on BKR shutting down at year-end
“We have a lot of guys that work really hard in the shop that are dedicated to working as many hours in the shop as needed to get the trucks done. We try to utilize our equipment as best as we can to make sure we have good trucks when we get to the race track. You can have resources, but if you don’t use them correctly or all the time, then they’re not really good. I feel like we’ve been great at utilizing the resources.” – John Hunter Nemechek.
It’s a totally different perspective within the sport. It’s allowed me to have a higher-up view. When you have to analyze the sport and different drivers, it forces you to look at it differently than a competitor. And I think that helps as a competitor in the truck series, but also having both can help each other. Being able to get in the truck every once in awhile helps the broadcast stuff, and the broadcast stuff helps how I view racing. – Parker Kligerman on going from racecar driver to TV personality
It’s not very often that you get the chance to run in a top series for a top team in NASCAR and get big track experience. There’s no substitute for what you learn. Regardless of the outcome, that’s an experience that you can never give up getting for anything. The car control, learning to drive while running shoulder-to-shoulder with the NASCAR stars learning stuff from them is an experience that you can never duplicate. Definitely the biggest part of my entire racing career in racing. – Pete Shepherd
I have leaned on Johnny (Sauter), more than I probably should have. I probably bug him too much; he’s probably getting mad at me. But obviously, he’s doing this for longer than I’ve been alive. So I go over there and he’s been an open book with me. He’ll shoot me straight and tell me if I’m doing it right, or if I’m completely not doing it right at all. I’ve enjoyed working with Johnny and Kaz (Grala) over here in the truck series, and Spencer (Gallagher) is a lot of help too. – Justin Haley
I like it. I think it’s a fun challenge. I think it feels really good when you can beat them, which we have been able to do these past few weeks. It’s not without hard work and not without a financial investment, which Shigeaki (Hattori) has done a lot of us. He’s invested a lot of his time and money into this deal, and it’s kind of been a rough go the past year and a half to get to this point. We had a lot of good runs last year, but we had a lot of frustrating runs as well. We kind of had to go through growing pains last year, but that got us ready even more so for this year, and being able to get the right people in place over the off-season and rebuild the team and get some new equipment and refocus our efforts has been huge. – Ryan Truex on racing with a small team against the bigger organizations
We have all the right parts and pieces to work with at ThorSport Racing, but I don’t think we’ve shown the speed we’re capable of or performed to our ability yet. Overall, I’m happy with the direction everything is going and all our guys. We just need to get a little bit more speed out of the trucks. – Grant Enfinger
We’re going to look back on this three, four, five months from now when we’re competing on the race track and say the fans are what made Jordan Anderson’s season. The fans are why Jordan Anderson is on the race track. If that’s not motivation, then I don’t know what is. That’s just got me so amped up and so fueled up to keep doing my best and keep digging every week. When I wake up in the morning and go to the race shop, that’s what I’m thinking. ‘What can I do today to make the most happen and be a good representative for my fans and get back to the track to keep evolving this whole deal?’” – Jordan Anderson
“It’s definitely been entertaining. You look at how they learn and the things they learn, and how they’re able to adapt and it’s really cool to watch. The same thing as when your kids are growing up, and learn how their minds think and what they do. He’s definitely very talented young man, and a talented racecar driver, and a very smart person. – Joe Nemechek on John Hunter Nemechek
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