JIMMIE JOHNSON: WHAT HAVE YOU GUYS DONE ALREADY TO PREPARE FOR THE FIRST CHASE RACE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE? "New Hampshire has been on everyone's mind since Daytona. Everybody knows that that race is coming and that is when the Chase starts and ...
WHAT HAVE YOU GUYS DONE ALREADY TO PREPARE FOR THE FIRST CHASE RACE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE? "New Hampshire has been on everyone's mind since Daytona. Everybody knows that that race is coming and that is when the Chase starts and everybody hopes to be one of the twelve drivers in the Chase. As you start to lock in and know that you are going to lock in, you really draw all attention to that race and then all the races following. You start getting into Dover and looking into your set-ups for Dover and start to work on all those races, so we are in that category and we have been looking at Loudon and we feel very confident with the Loudon race track because we won there in the spring and we had a very dominant car throughout the day. So it's top of mind for us too and we have been doing some testing too and I think the performance we had in Atlanta was a great step for this team at the 1.5 mile tracks. So hopefully we have got momentum and performance coming at the right time."
WHEN PEOPLE SAY YOU LOOK VULNERABLE, THE FACTS DON'T BACK IT UP. YOUR FINISH IN THE LAST TEN RACES IS BETTER THIS YEAR THAN LAST YEAR. DOES IT FEEL ANY DIFFERENT? "No, it doesn't. I know that last year we entered the Chase without the momentum that I wanted and I remember being a part of the celebration here and taking photos for the Chase and I was in a terrible mood. We ran so bad. I thought that we had been close, I guess, with our average finish leading into the Chase, and I just know from experience, the Chase is its own environment. When we wake up Monday morning and whenever drivers and teams start thinking about the Chase, probably Monday morning, most guys will kickback tomorrow and relax. There's just a pit that develops in your stomach and doesn't go away. It's the championship pit and it's there.
"We are all going to wake up with it and deal with it and some guys handle it better than others. I think our team the last four years has been really comfortable with that pit in their stomach and dealt with it well. I hope we can do it again. There's no telling. It's been awfully tough to win four in a row, but we'll show up and give 100% and at the end of the ten races, if we give 100% and get beat, then we'll go home and be proud of what we did. But if we squandered it away and do something stupid and say, we just didn't give it our all, we'll be disappointed. We just want to do our best."