Driving in Joe Gibbs Racing’s Dragon Alliance Toyota, 21-year-old NASCAR driver Matt Tifft managed to finish in 3rd place at the Johnsonville 190 at Road America, after leading late in the race before being spun out by the eventual race winner.
“Well I mean, obviously no matter what it’s tough,” Tifft said of the spin out. “You could see there he got a little bit free underneath me. We were really struggling on old tires. I don’t know if he had newer tires there or he just had a lot of speed there at the end, but we were struggling in some of the breaking zones – just getting some wheel hop and stuff, but our Dragon Alliance Camry was awesome today.”
In addition to coming close to winning his first Xfinity NASCAR race, Tifft earned valuable points towards a playoff berth.
“Obviously it’s still good to get a third place out of this, but man, you want the first win so bad,” Tifft said of coming close. “…You’re furious at first for being taken out, but then you know you just got to be able to put it behind you and move on. Like I said, our guys did a great job today and gave me a great car and gave me a great strategy to go off with. We’ll just keep plugging along like I said. It sucks, but we’ll get a win here soon.”
Tifft and the rest of the Joe Gibbs racing machine will move on to Darlington Racewat for the Sports Clips VFW 200 this weekend. For more information on Matt Tifft and the number 19 car, follow his Instagram feed.