Sunday, November 07, 2010 @ 02:53 PM EST
By USARacing Media
* Ruffin competed in all 14 USA Racing Pro Cup Series races in 2010. He racked up five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. He is a 16-year old native of Memphis, Tenn.
LOGAN RUFFIN, No. 31 TURNER MOTORSPORTS CHEVROLET: “I like to thank Turner Motorsports for the opportunity they gave me this year. It really meant a lot. They helped us out this year and I would also like to thank Kevin Cywinski, my crew chief, for helping me. What a lot of people do not know is that we’ve only got one guy working in the shop right now. I’d really like to think Martin Lyle. He’s done a great job all year and helped get this car r eady to go all by himself every week. I cannot think these guys enough. They’ve done a fantastic job. We’ve had great pit stops, great racecars; a lot of opportunities to win just hadn’t been able to pull it off yet. I’d like to thank Steve Turner [car owner] for the opportunity and I hope we get to do it again next year.”
HOW IMPORTANT IS WINNING RAYBESTOS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR TO TURNER MOTORSPORTS? “It’s very important. They’ve never won a race in the Pro Cup Series and they’ve never won Raybestos Rookie of the Year in the Pro Cup Series so I was able to do one of the things that they wanted me to do thi s year. Our checklist for the year was to get seat time, win a race, win the championship and win Raybestos Rookie of the Year. I feel like we definitely accomplished two of those and had a shot at getting all four of them, just didn’t fall into place. But we’ll be back and we’ll get it done.”
YOU RESTARTED IN THE TOP THREE LATE IN THE RACE THEN HAD PROBLEMS. WHAT HAPPENED? “We think we broke a pinion gear. We broke something in the driveline though and ended our day, unfortunately. I think we had a shot at finishing in the top three for sure and finish in the top three in points also but it just wasn’t our da y.”
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR? “Honestly I’m not sure. We’re yet to hear what we’re going to do. I’m really waiting to kind of see what Turner Motorsports is going to do next year and what their plan is. I’m just waiting on a phone call I guess [smiles].”
WHAT IS THE MAIN THING THAT YOU LEARNED THIS SEASON? “The main thing I learned in this series, well first of all, I had to learn a lot about the weight of the car. I talked to everybody about that this year. The weight of these cars is so much different than a late model that you have to really get yo ur braking down. And the second thing is I learned a lot about pit stops. I’ve never done pit stops before and I’ve really had to improve on those throughout the year. The third thing would have to be really learning to be more patient. These races are a lot longer than what I’m used to and I feel like I’ve accomplished that throughout the year. Those were really the main things.”