Race Winner Ryan Blaney to Mike Massaro: “We were even with the No. 3 (Dillon) and the No. 7 (Smith) gave us a good push.”
Runner-up Ty Dillon to Jim Noble: “This hurts for our team, but it is nice to be upset with second. I am proud.”
Dale Jarrett on Blaney’s win: “He did a great job there but I hope he takes Regan Smith to dinner at a nice steakhouse.”
Announcer Ralph Sheheen on Brian Scott and Darrell Wallace Jr’s altercation: “We had our own little premiere boxing competition going on here.”
STAMFORD, Conn. – Sept. 26, 2015 – NBCSN presented an exhilarating showdown of racing this evening from “The Bluegrass State.” In the final standalone XFINITY race of the season Ryan Blaney secured his fourth career race and second of the 2015 season. 21-year-old Blaney was able to hold off Ty Dillon thanks to the final restart push from Regan Smith. With only six XFINITY races left, XFINITY points leader Chris Buescher finished seventh.
Saturday evening’s coverage began with the Countdown to Green pre-race show followed by green flag racing from the 14-degree tri-oval race track. Ralph Sheheen hosted the coverage alongside NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett. Reporters Mike Massaro, Alex Hayden and Jim Noble contributed from pit road throughout the broadcast.
The following are highlights from this evening’s XFINITY pre-race and race coverage on NBCSN.
Defending XFINITY Champion Chase Elliott to Massaro on beating his competitors: “We just have to go outrun them and win. It is pretty simple. Like I said, I’ve never been very good at math but I do know if you outrun them you get more points.”
Ty Dillon to Noble before the race: “As a team we want to get in victory lane every weekend, and there is no better place to do it than this weekend in Kentucky.”
Double-duty driver Erik Jones to Massaro on his whirlwind tour after racing earlier at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: “Hopefully we will have a good run here tonight, and hopefully a shot at a win. That is all we want to do today.”
Jarrett on the final standalone XFINITY race: “You have a lot of drivers here trying to get their first win of the season. There is no better place to do it, you don’t’ have any Cup drivers to compete with so you are just racing against your series drivers.”
Jarrett on young XFINITY series talent: “This series is in great shape with young drivers. The drivers are making the most of these good race cars. It is really fun to watch. Not only do they drive well but I am really impressed to watch them on TV. Watching these 18-year-olds on television today, I don’t know if at 18 I could get up in front of my high school and talk as well as they do. All of that is going to make them more and more comfortable as they move on in their careers.”
Jarrett on restarts in Kentucky: “These restarts have just been crazy. We see this every time we come here. Especially with these drivers, who are out here trying to get that first win, they are going to be as aggressive as they have to be to get out front.”
Jarrett on green flag racing at the Speedway: “What great racing we are seeing here. Going two and three, sometimes four wide on these restarts, it is just outstanding.”
Jarrett on Buescher’s performance: “He is not going to lose very many points towards his Championship battle. It could have been much worse, but this is what Chris Buescher does so well.”
Jarrett on Blaney’s win: “He did a great job there but I hope he takes Regan Smith to dinner at a nice Steakhouse, because Smith’s push is certainly what put him out front.”
Jarrett on the confrontation between Brian Scott and Darrell Wallace Jr.: “There are always going to be two sides to the story pretty much every time you ask two drivers what happened.”
Runner-up Ty Dillon to Noble: “This hurts for our team, but it is nice to be upset with second. I am proud.”
Race Winner Ryan Blaney to Massaro: “We were even with the No. 3 (Dillon) and the No. 7 (Smith) gave us a good push. That is all it is now, who can get a good push.”
Sheheen on Brian Scott and Darrell Wallace Jr’s altercation: “We had our own little premiere boxing competition going on here.”
–NBC SPORTS GROUP–