YOUR TEAM IN THE LAST TWO OUTINGS SEEMS TO HAVE FOUND A FAVORABLE SET UP. WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO REEL IN A GOOD FINISH? "I think luck more than anything. Earlier this season, we had a shock mount problem while working our way up into the top 10.
YOUR TEAM IN THE LAST TWO OUTINGS SEEMS TO HAVE FOUND A FAVORABLE SET UP. WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO REEL IN A GOOD FINISH?
"I think luck more than anything. Earlier this season, we had a shock mount problem while working our way up into the top 10. Then in last year's Pop Secret 500, we were one of the fastest cars out there until we ran over some debris and wrecked when we cut down a tire. I really think we need to keep doing what we've been doing. We just need to make sure we don't make any mistakes and stay out of trouble. If we can do that, we are going to get a good finish at the Rock."
HOW IMPORTANT WILL TIRE MANAGEMENT BE?
"It remains the same. Tire management is crucial. The Rock is like driving on sand paper. You have got to know when to race hard and when to protect your track position. It doesn't take long to wear out your tires. However, one thing is for sure, when you pit, there's no question how many tires you take. It's always four."
HOW DO YOU GET AROUND THIS PLACE?
"I like to get the car to slide an equal amount in the front and back with a significant amount of grip. It applies to all four corners. This is a place where each turn is as important as the last. If you miss it a little on the set up, it will translate into a lot. You can easily go from being the best out there to being junk. You really have to go to great lengths during the pit stops not to make costly mistakes.
I also like the fact that I can constantly test which groove is the fastest. I'll do it throughout the entire race. The Rock is great because I'll have several options out there to try and plenty of room on the track to pass."
Team Preparation North Carolina Speedway
Car: No. 35 (Ran at the Brickyard)
Wind Tunnel: No
Tested At The Rock: No