Stewart-Haas Racing: Ally 400 from Nashville

NKP #41: Ryan Preece, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang, #77: Carson Hocevar, Spire Motorsports, Zeigler Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro

Race Winner:  Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Winner:  Christopher Bell of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner:  Christopher Bell of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

SHR Finish:        

●  Ryan Preece (Started 22nd, Finished 4th / Running, completed 331 of 331 laps)

●  Noah Gragson (Started 16th, Finished 10th / Running, completed 331 of 331 laps)

●  Chase Briscoe (Started 19th, Finished 21st / Running, completed 331 of 331 laps)  

●  Josh Berry (Started 2nd, Finished 26th / Accident, completed 327 of 331 laps)

SHR Points:

●  Chase Briscoe (16th with 421 points, 243 out of first)

●  Josh Berry (19th with 368 points, 296 out of first)

●  Noah Gragson (24th with 325 points, 339 out of first)

●  Ryan Preece (25th with 308 points, 356 out of first)

SHR Notes:         

●  Preece earned his first top-five and second top-10 of the season. It was also his first top-10 in three career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Nashville.

●  This was Preece’s best finish so far this year. His previous best was ninth, earned April 7 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

●  This was Preece’s second straight finish of 11th or better. He finished 11th last Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.

●  Gragson earned his sixth top-10 of the season and his first top-10 in two career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Nashville.

●  Gragson finished 10th in Stage 2 to earn one bonus point.

Race Notes:        

●  Joey Logano won the Ally 400 to score his 33rd career NASCAR Cup Series victory, his first of the season and his first at Nashville. His margin of victory over second-place Zane Smith was .068 of a second.

●  This was Ford’s 732nd all-time NASCAR Cup Series victory and its fourth of the season.

●  This was Ford’s first NASCAR Cup Series victory at Nashville.

●  There were 15 caution periods for a total of 79 laps.

●  Twenty-four of the 38 drivers in the race finished on the lead lap.

●  Kyle Larson remains the championship leader after Nashville with a 20-point advantage over second-place Chase Elliott.

Sound Bites:

“We just kept moving forward and we had fresher tires. Just really happy with how these guys kept fighting all day. Didn’t look like it was going to be very pretty, but another chaotic 10 or 15 laps there at the end and we salvaged a good day. Thanks to Stewart-Haas, Ford Performance and all my supporters – Morton Buildings,, United Rentals,, Mohawk Northeast – it helps a lot on a day like today.” – Ryan Preece, driver of the No. 41 Ford Mustang Dark Horse

We just saved a ton of fuel to end up 10th. 110 laps on a tank of fuel. We pushed it to the absolute max and got another top-10. Proud of the work everyone puts into this racecar.” – Noah Gragson, driver of the No. 10 Bass Pro Shops/Winchester Ford Mustang Dark Horse

“It was kind of a worst-case scenario from a strategy standpoint how it played out. We just had to go all the way back to 30th or something just because of how the strategy played out and how the cautions fell. We were able to drive back from 30th to 15th or so. And there at the end, you don’t expect to have three or four green-white-checkereds. Ran out of fuel taking the white flag. That definitely stinks whenever you’re in contention there. I think on that second-to-last one we had a good shot to potentially win the race. Frustrating, but part of it, and we go on.” – Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford Mustang Dark Horse 

Yeah, today was a tough day. Just started off really tight and couldn’t figure out the balance, but my team worked hard to get me the car I needed and we finally found it after the rain delay. We got a bunch of spots back and had a much more competitive No. 4 Ford Mustang Dark Horse. It was just chaos there at the end and trying to navigate that many restarts and eventually I just got caught up in it. It was a bummer that we didn’t finish that well this week. Nashville is my home race, but we learned a lot. Thank you to for continuing to support our race team. We will regroup and head to Chicago next week fully prepared to compete for a win.” – Josh Berry, driver of the No. 4 Ford Mustang Dark Horse

Next Up: 

The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Grant Park 165 on Sunday, July 7 on the streets of downtown Chicago. The race begins at 4:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. 


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