Martin Truex, Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Monte Carlo SS, met with members of the media at Homestead-Miami Speedway and discussed: goals for Homestead race; thoughts on 2007 season, relationship with crew chief Kevin "Bono: Manion, ...
Martin Truex, Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Monte Carlo SS, met with members of the media at Homestead-Miami Speedway and discussed: goals for Homestead race; thoughts on 2007 season, relationship with crew chief Kevin "Bono: Manion, thoughts on Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s last race with DEI, on becoming the lead DEI driver, on what makes Hendrick Motorsports so good, on championship battle and other topics
ON GOALS FOR THE HOMESTEAD RACE: "To win, that is what we are here for."
ON IF THERE IS ANYTHING HE AND THE TEAM CAN TAKE FROM THIS RACE TO NEXT YEAR: "It is going to be a longer winter. If you run well, if you win the race, they guys will stay excited throughout the off-season, getting ready for Daytona. We are never going to run these cars again, we don't think, so there isn't much we can take away other than just trying to go for the win."
ON HIS THOUGHTS ABOUT THE CHAMPIONSHIP: "The championship is all but settled, I think. We are trying to get to 10th in points or better to get on the stage in New York. That is real important to me and my team. We are trying real hard to get there and I definitely think we have what it takes. This has been a great track for us, I really enjoy it. I feel like we have a great shot to win this weekend."
ON BEING JIMMIE'S CHAMPIONSHIP TO LOSE: "He is just being cautious, smart. I would say the same thing if I were him. As an outsider watching, there isn't anything going to go wrong for him, you know what I mean. If it was going to, it would have already. They have been awesome, they have been able to do some incredible things this month. I would be shocked if anything changed. Unless that horseshoe falls out of his butt somewhere this weekend, I think he will be ok."
ON RELATIONSHIP WITH CREW CHIEF KEVIN "BONO" MANION: "When I got home, my girlfriend ask me if me and Bono were fighting and I asked her what the hell she was talking about. She read here or there we were fighting. That is news to me. I read some stuff that I was extremely critical of his decision to stay when it was partly my decision. I don't quite get that one.
"It is all good. We made the decision that we thought was right at the time. I have no problems with it. Bono was upset with himself; he is hard on himself obviously. He wants to win just as bad as we all do. I was fine with it. I thought more people were going to stay out too. He can't get beat up too much over that. "I was never really upset about that to begin with. I was a little frustrated because I thought we had a shot to win. It seems like no matter what we do, whether it is four times, two tires, no tires, it seems like everybody does the opposite. So we don't seem to be able to make the proper decisions. One of these days, things are going to turn, some of the decisions we make are going to turn out to be the right ones."
ON DALE EARNHARDT, JR.'S LAST RACE WITH DEI: "I think he is excited about what he is going to do next year, he is going to miss these guys. He has been with most of these guys since he won he won his first Busch championship, a lot of those guys are still the same. I am sure it is going to be a lot different for him going over there next year, he is still going to be right here. It isn't that far away. If we wants to come say hit, he can come say hi. He is still going to be friends with all those guys and I don't think that is going to change that much. "
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