SPARTA, Ky. - Kentucky Speedway challenges NASCAR's best to embrace the bumps: 

"The car bounces because of the track. But it doesn't take a scientist to figure it out. But this front straightaway is pretty mean. The corners are fine. We can figure that out. But this is something else. I've never seen anything like it." - Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

"I was in Michigan not too long ago and it's kind of like running on the roads in Michigan. There are a lot of potholes up there." - Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford

"This track is hard on everybody's back. If they could just repave the front straightaway I think we would be good here. I love the corners. I love the challenges of the grip, the cracks, the bumps and the corners. Those don't bother us. That front straightaway is pretty absurd." - Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

"It bumps you around to the point that it's difficult to see at times. The front straightaway is really, really rough." - Ryan Newman, No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

"It's always been a typically rough track, but we've gotten stiffer with the chassis because we've gotten lower with the chassis and that part of it just makes it that much rougher. It's like taking a car with no suspension over the railroad tracks. It doesn't ride like a Cadillac." - Newman

"It's probably smoother than any road that you've ever been on, but the difference is that the setups in the race cars are so rigid - huge springs and very, very rigid. It feels like these things - you hear the old lumber wagon, you've rode in a one-ton pickup with nothing in it or not loaded down and it will bounce you all over the road. It's kind of like that." - Clint Bowyer, No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota

"The bumps make mistakes out of drivers. They put us in situations where we blow it, and open a door to get passed or look for an opportunity to pass someone." - Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

"If you say the word repave, I'm going to kick your…." - Brendan Gaughan, No. 62 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

"We need at least a few more years out of Kentucky so we have this really nice track that is bumpy, that wears tires out, that is the tire eater and Goodyear can go back and bring a tire that they don't have to make go 250 mph and try to be safe. So I really hope they don't (repave) yet. There is going to be a point where Kentucky has to. Is it getting to that point? I'm sure it's getting to that point. But, man, I would hate to do it right now." - Gaughan.

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