HOW HAS YOUR OFFSEASON BEEN?
“Offseason has been good, got married. So that was probably the most exciting thing I could have done in the offseason. I did my normal hunting trips and all that stuff, but getting married and going on the honeymoon and enjoying that was the highlight.”
“Its been good and it all came about pretty late. Just getting down here to Daytona has been really exciting and its going to be good for us to get the season going and get to Phoenix and Las Vegas and get the ball rolling. I am excited to be a part of the team and looking forward to working with Todd Parrot, Michael and Bono. So I am ready to go.”
ARE YOU RUNNING THE FULL SCHEDULE?
“Yep, running the full schedule and this will be the first time that I have run the full Sprint Cup schedule in three or four years now. So I am real excited to do that and compete each and every week.”
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE NEW QUALIFYING FORMAT?
“I think the qualifying will be the same in some places we go where the first lap on new tires is going to be your fastest lap. But at some of the short tracks that we go to, maybe you can go out a second time and make your lap better and make it into that next group. But like I said, I think at some places it won’t change a whole lot and at others it will.”
HOW DO YOU THINK A LOT OF THE NEW FACES AT NEW PLACES AND MOVING AROUND IS GOING TO AFFECT THE RACING THIS YEAR?
“Well, I think this year the racing is going to be pretty good. You have a great rookie class coming in and you have the powerhouses that are going to be the teams to beat, but you have some drivers moving around to new teams. I don’t know, but it just feels like there is a lot of energy between the race teams with the new rules, Chase format and it seems like there is a lot of excitement for the new teams and new drivers. I just feel like there is a lot of positive energy going through everybody and I think the racing is going to be good.”