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Bullpen Roundup: What Cup Drivers Had to Say Before Texas

Welcome to a new weekly Frontstretch column that delivers on exclusive coverage, interviews and press conferences at the track each weekend. The Saturday before a NASCAR Cup Series race has a media bullpen for select Cup drivers and all of Frontstretch‘s interviews and coverage can be found here going forward.

FORT WORTH, Texas – Between the desires for a new Texas Motor Speedway layout, reflections on the Round of 16, preparations for the Round of 12 and outlooks for Sunday’s (Sept. 24) EchoPark Automotive 400 in 100-degree weather, playoff drivers had plenty to discuss before, during and after the Cup Series’ practice and qualifying sessions at Texas on Saturday (Sept. 23).

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On-site reporters Stephen Stumpf and Wyatt Watson caught up Martin Truex Jr., Ross Chastain, Christopher Bell, Brad Keselowski, William Byron, Bubba Wallace and Ryan Blaney to see what they had to say.

Martin Truex Jr

Ross Chastain

Christopher Bell

Brad Keselowski

William Byron

Bubba Wallace

Ryan Blaney

About the author

Stephen Stumpf is the NASCAR Content Director for Frontstretch, and his weekly columns include “Stat Sheet” and “4 Burning Questions.” Stephen also writes commentary, contributes weekly to the “Bringing the Heat” podcast and is frequently at the track for on-site coverage. A native of Texas, Stephen began following NASCAR at age 9 after attending his first race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Follow on Twitter @stephen_stumpf.

Wyatt Watson has been an avid fan of NASCAR since 2007 at the age of 8. He joined Frontstretch in February 2023 after serving in the United States Navy for five years as an Electronic Technician Navigation working on submarines. Wyatt writes breaking NASCAR news and contributes to columns such as Friday Faceoff and 2-Headed Monster. Wyatt also contributes to Frontstretch's social media and serves as an at-track reporter.

Wyatt Watson can be found on Twitter @WyattGametime

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