Matt Tifft: ‘It’s tough to come that close’ to first Xfinity win (video)


Matt Tifft was disappointed but in good spirits after his best shot yet at a Xfinity Series win ended when he and Jeremy Clements spun in the final turn at Road America coming to the white flag.

Tifft, in his first full Xfinity season with Joe Gibbs Racing, was leading when Clements attempted to pass him and contact sent them spinning.

Tifft recovered, but not as quickly as Clements. He managed to drive his No. 19 Toyota to a third-place finish for his second top five of the year and his second in three races.

“I wish we could have raced it out to the last lap,” Tifft told NBCSN. “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 braking zones – just getting some wheel hop and stuff, but our Dragon Alliance Camry was awesome today. (Clements’ team) called a great strategy. Man, it’s just – it’s tough to come that close, but we’ll keep knocking on the door, that’s all we can do.”

Watch the video for the full interview.