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“They Said What?” XFINITY Series Edition

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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 XFINITY 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.

Russell LaBounty NKP

With everything that we were able to go through and overcome, we were able to hone in our strengths and weaknesses and how to be better in all departments. Going through all that stuff will make us stronger for sure going into 2018, and it will be my first time in NASCAR in a top three series being able to come back and be with the same organization for a second year running. So I have a lot of stuff on the positives to look forward to, and know what we were able to do on the circumstances last year and the success that we had, I look forward to hitting the ground running at Daytona without that learning curve. It’s just about going through the motions to being prepared to put us in a position going to Homestead again next year. – Daniel Hemric

Brett Moist NKP

I want to make the playoffs. I think for those first 26 races, that’s going to be every driver’s goal in the series – to make the playoffs, so I think that’s a reasonable goal for me to set. It won’t be easy by any stretch, but I’m up for the challenge. I don’t think I’d be a racecar driver if I wasn’t looking for a challenge. – Kaz Grala

Barry Cantrell NKP

I never wanted to give up, but there were a couple times that I’d be like, “I really need something to happen” with money, or just looking for a better opportunity and ready to move up a series. You do all you can on the track. My biggest thing is to treat every race like it’s your last. You never know… Racing late models, it was always, “We’re racing this week but if we wreck the car, we won’t be back next week.” So that was always in the back of my mind each week. – Spencer Boyd

Barry Cantrell NKP

I’ve been other places where it was just a business, just a racecar, and that was the only reason you got together. Johnny and I get together for other reasons, too, personal time, just to spend time together, so it works out and we get to go racing as a byproduct. We get along because our families are very similar and how we were brought up. Obviously he was brought up in a different time, but it’s crazy how similar we are. Sometimes, it’s a little creepy to be honest, but it’s good as it makes it so we understand each other. – Ross Chastain

Nigel Kinrade NKP

“One of these weekends everything will come together, and it’ll be our weekend. I feel once it happens, it’ll be on from there. It’s just about finding those areas, working on them and improving. Like I sad, we have our goals, and now it’s all about executing. – Brennan Poole. 

Nigel Kinrade NKP

“That’s one of the biggest things in this sport. As soon as you get confident, it’s hard to take it away, and you get that in your head that you can get the job done, and the team gets excited as their hard work is paying off. As they say in this sport – once you learn how to win and get the first win, many more come. You could say the same for top-10s. I’ve seen it in the past when I was in my first year at Richard Petty Motorsports. I kept looking for my first top-five in the series, and we got that first one, and got five more right away.” – Michael Annett

Barry Moist | NKP

I’m ready; I’m ready for the new season. I get cabin fever around mid-January, so I’m ready to get back to the track. – Elliott Sadler

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“Our race in (the) UK was sold out three months ahead of the event, so it’s becoming really popular in Europe, and it’s fantastic to have the opportunity as European drivers to become NASCAR drivers, something that was difficult before we had the Euro Series. The Nexteer Program is really good for the young guys coming into the championship.” – Anthony Kumpen

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Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.