YOU TOOK ON FOUR TIRES ON YOUR LAST STOP. "That was the difference. Steve Addington, my crew chief, decided to take on four tires on the last stop and it wouldn't have been so significant, but they had such a fast stop anyway, we came out...
YOU TOOK ON FOUR TIRES ON YOUR LAST STOP.
"That was the difference. Steve Addington, my crew chief, decided to take on four tires on the last stop and it wouldn't have been so significant, but they had such a fast stop anyway, we came out behind Harvick. He had two tires, and four Goodyear Eagles are better than two Goodyear Eagles, I can tell you that. That was the whole race for us. It was about being patient and getting around those lapped cars and drive a smooth race. I felt like that even before that last caution, we were as good as the 2 car. Lapped traffic was just really hard to get around and keep your momentum. I felt that we were going to be good. It was just going to be who beat who off of pit road. And when I got beat off pit road, I thought that I had lost the race because I never would have dreamed that he would have taken two tires. That was the win for us. Steve made great calls and we had a really fast race car yesterday. It's really hard to sleep the night before the race knowing that you have a fast race car. I'm glad that we put it all together and that it worked out for us."
CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE MOVE YOU MADE FOR THE LEAD?
"What happened there was, we all tried to get to the bottom as soon as we could getting into 1 on the restart. Biffle sort of held the 2 car up a little bit as we exited off of 2, and that was really the only opening that we needed. I felt like the four tires were going to come in, and once I saw that opening, I took it. I think that Kevin knew that four tires were going to be better than two, too, so he never really challenged it and pulled alongside of me there and let me go after that. That was the difference in the race. I really thought that if we were racing four tires to four tires, it was going to be a whosoever battle, but I really felt that once I got out front with the four tires I was going to pull away, and we did. It's just a testament to this race team. A lot of people don't think that this is a team sport because I'm the one you're interviewing and I'm the one that you're talking to, but this is a team sport and these guys did what they needed to do today. I'm just the fortunate one driving the car, and I'm so proud of my guys. For people that don't know my race team, it's just amazing to be with the group of guys that I'm with and a testament to the kind of team that we've got."
HOW BAD WAS THE DAMAGE TO THE CAR AFTER HAPPY HOUR YESTERDAY?
"It was bad enough that I had some concerns going into today. I knew that my race team would get everything back squared up and everything back straight, but you never know of you overlook something or a little something here or there. It was bad enough to have some concern, but then we were fortunate enough that it wasn't worse than it was. The good Lord was looking out for us all day. This is a tough race track for me to come back to, I have to say that to everybody. A lot of emotions have been playing through my mind this week. To come here and win is special."
WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY?
"I got too aggressive in Happy Hour and got up to traffic and scrubbed the wall off of 4. It was just being too aggressive in practice. I'm supposed to be a veteran driver, but I guess veteran drivers make rookie mistakes. Fortunately for us, it didn't hurt the race car."
WERE YOU SURPRISED BY THE WAY BIFFLE RACED HARVICK?
"I knew that was going to happen after he didn't give him his lap back. There was tire smoke going on under caution. I knew that was going to happen. I knew that if I got Biffle between me, I was going to be in good shape. Let those guys go at it and let me benefit; that's what I say."
WHERE DID YOU SEE THE OPENING?
"It was off of 2. It became available, and I knew that if I put Biffle between me and the 2 car that we were going top be in good shape. There were some hard feelings with 20 to go under caution; they were swapping some paint, but that's fine by me."
IF YOU HAD TO GO THE REST OF THE RACE WITHOUT THE CAUTION, HOW WOULD YOU HAVE BEEN?
"I caught the 2 car. Traffic had helped that a bit, but I had some left. The outcome may have been the same, but we'll never know. I had a great race car. We didn't luck into this deal. Strategy helped us at the end. It wasn't like we were floundering around in the back to win the race. I had a little bit left and he was getting pretty loose of off 2, so it was going to be interesting."
WITH THE LEAD THAT KEVIN BUILT UP, DID YOU THINK YOU COULD CATCH HIM?
"I knew it was going to be a situation of track position. He didn't pass lapped cars or anything. I never thought that we would go that much under green. I really never thought the race was going to play out like it did. So, I was just waiting for a caution so that we could catch up under caution, and I just kept reeling him in a little bit at a time. Not before long, we were there. It surprised me that it went green as long as it did. The sealer helped a lot, I think it did. The race track was in good shape."