Jimmie Johnson -- ...
Jimmie Johnson -- #48 Lowe's Chevrolet
HOW WAS YOUR CAR IN PRACTICE TODAY? It's good. It's still early to tell with the sun being out and all that, but it's been good so far.
HOW IS THE CAR IN TRAFFIC? We're tight behind other cars. I really haven't been in a big pack or anything. It's what you typically expect, and I don't expect anything out of the ordinary.
RE: THE CLAIM THAT WITH THE HIGH SPEEDS, IT COULD MEAN SINGLE-FILE RACING Well, I think when you go this fast, and you don't have drop off in the tires, it promotes single-file racing. The biggest reason is that the speeds are so high and you need every inch of the race track by yourself to run that fast. With somebody beside you, you slow down half a second or more. So, until there's drop off in the tire or the pace, for whatever reason, slows down a lot, you're going to have single file racing. The old track was so abrasive, it wore the tires out within a few laps and you'd have multiple grooves. The way it is now, it's like a new paving job. It's so fast and there's no dropoff. It's going to promote single-file racing.
YOU HAVE A FAST CAR, BUT YOU'LL BE STARTING FROM THE BACK. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET UP TO THE FRONT? It's going to take a little bit. Luckily it's a long race and it's been a great track for us. We have a good pit stall pick, so we have everything going in the right direction for us.
HOW WAS YOUR BUSCH POLE LAP? It was awesome. It was a great lap. I'm getting ready to go and I hope I get my second wind.
Scott Riggs -- #10 Valvoline Chevrolet
YOU HAD A FAST CAR OUT THERE IN PRACTICE TODAY Yeah, not too bad. The car seemed to be good. We made some changes there at the end that did some good. There's just about six or seven cars that are better than us and maybe a bit more consistent. We'll keep on ticking away at it and see what we can get.
RE: THE CLAIM THAT WITH THE HIGH SPEEDS, IT COULD MEAN SINGLE-FILE RACING I don't think so. I think with the way these cars this year are so aero-dependent, if you can catch the guy in front of you and get up beside him, he's going to have to check up and you're going to end up being side-by-side with him. As fast as it is, yeah, it might end up being single file for a bit, I hope we'll have something for them.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -- #8 Budweiser Chevrolet
Note: Announced partnership today with XLR8 Chews consumer food brand.
This is a pretty interesting partnership if you will with XLR8. My sister and I look over a lot of proposals and opportunities and a lot of things over time to get involved in. Some are really exciting. What we look at are things that we think the success of the product will be, whether there is a market for the product, how they're going to market the product with me and how comfortable I am with that approach, and most importantly, whether it's any good or not. I can tell you with XLR8 product, we've requested and received samples since the very first the rendition that they came out with. They kept changing it. We kept requesting changes. They agreed. We've come up with something that I like a lot. It's kind of like a souped-up Starburst. It works. All my friends and me have been going through them like gangbusters over at the house and I tell you it tastes great, and it works. I'm real proud to be associated with it. It's something we've been working with since the ground floor. I think it's going to do really well and I can't wait to see it take off.
WHAT PRODUCT CHANGES DID YOU REQUEST? Oh, well, just how it tastes. From the very beginning -- this it the third or fourth (change). From the very beginning, we thought it needed a little bit of a change in the taste. I think what we have now is really good. I like it a lot. All the things they put in there to give you that energy.. They were a little overbearing on the cherry flavor so we asked to kind of balance it out without losing the blast that it gives you. What we have now is something I think everybody will like.
CAN YOU TAKE THIS PRODUCT, WITH ALL THE HERBAL STUFF THAT'S IN IT, AND BE OKAY TO RACE? Yeah, as far as I know, I'm sure you can (laughter). But we don't want to let everybody know that (more laughter). I'll give a couple of my buddies -- like Elliott Sadler and a few of them the edge, but that's about it." MODERATOR: "You might even see a couple of the pit crew guys taking this for a burst of energy before they go over the wall.
IS THIS PRODUCT GOING TO BE ON THE CAR OR IS IT JUST AN INDIVIDUAL DEAL? I don't think there are any plans for it to be on the car -- not this year. But the association is through Dale Earnhardt Inc., so that's an opportunity down the road for DEI, but right now it's not.
ON THE CHALLENGES OF THE FAST SPEEDS AT LMS It's fun to go that fast, but I don't believe the racing is going to be any better. Obviously with as much grip as we have now to be able to go that much faster -- the track has lots of grip -- it's obviously going to force single file racing. To be able to go around the corner side-by-side, will probably going to have to sacrifice three, four, or five miles per hour. So, it'll be single file racing. You just have so much grip -- it's really hard to catch and get under and work past somebody because everybody has the same amount of grip. So we're all really going to be under a blanket. I don't think you'll see guys driving away from the field like you have here in the past, but I don't think we'll be able to work at the top or the middle or anything like that to pass people.
ON THE STRENGTH OF THE NO. 48 JIMMIE JOHNSON TEAM AT THIS TRACK I think those guys have struggled a little bit over the past couple of months where everybody has kind of caught up with them, so I don't know if they'll be as dominant as they have been in the past.
WILL XLR8 ENERGY CHEWS BEAR YOUR NAME OR JUST THE NUMBER 8? I think what we came up with XLR8 is perfect insofar as how it's in line with the product and what the effects of the product are. I really never had any interest as far as having it bear my name personally, but just the association with something since the beginning -- since they started with the first batch -- it was a lot of fun to work with it and be up to date on how it was coming along and the changes that were being made along with the marketing and everything else. I think this is definitely the best package and marketing strategy as far as the name and the branding.