TELL US ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE ON THE ROAD COURSE THIS WEEKEND It's just overall been a good experience for us. Hadn't been quite a great one. Went testing here a few weeks ago-thought we made some ground and made some progress. We tried to go a...
TELL US ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE ON THE ROAD COURSE THIS WEEKEND
It's just overall been a good experience for us. Hadn't been quite a great one. Went testing here a few weeks ago-thought we made some ground and made some progress. We tried to go a little bit faster and tried to get a little bit better and ended writing one off. It wasn't too good there, but the guys put in some good hours in the shop and we were able to come back with a really good race car. I'm just trying to learn the whole road course experience. I've never been on a road course in a V-8 stock car. I have ran legends cars around this place and that was three years ago, I think. So, it's been a while since I've been here. It's cool to be able to get the experience of turning left and right and getting the most out of it. Coming out here yesterday, it was probably the best I've been on a road course and probably the smoothest I've been on a road course. I really want to help Mark on the Soutwest side-he really gave me an opportunity to run their race this weekend in order to get some extra time and experience. I think it's really paying off for me and the #5 Kellogg's Chevrolet this weekend.
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT ASPECT OF ROAD COURSE RACING FOR YOU RIGHT NOW?
There are just so many chances to mess up. You've got 11 corners here, probably 12 coming to the start finish line. You have all these opportunities to miss your mark, go too wide, not be able to step on the gas hard enough, step on it too hard and spin the tires, etc. There's just so many different aspects of everything that you have to work on. You just have to be able to get into a ryhtym. Watching qualifying yesterday, I saw Mark Martin was really smooth as he always is, Jimmie was really smooth, Jeff and them. It's all about being able to build a consistency around this place to run good laps times and still have good tires on your car for a long run, not just burning them off trying to make a few quick laps. You know, coming out of here in qualifying, it was a decent day for us. I figured before we came here we were looking at 30, so it's good to be up in there in the upper teens. I look forward to the race on Sunday.
CAN YOU GET IN THE CHASE? GOING FORWARD THERE SEEMS TO BE AN OPPORTUNITY WITH SOME TRACKS AND THEN OTHER TRACKS SOME AREAS WHERE PEOPLE MIGHT DROP A BIT
That's exactly the point that everyone's been look at on the Kellogg's team. This weekend, if we can survive here with a top 15, we might be able to gain some points on some guys. We go to Daytona and we might be able to lose a little bit - Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Michael Waltrip, Jeff Gordon. I think, as far as the overall scheme of things, if we can get through this weekend, get through next weekend, hopefully top 15, top 20 finishes and go onto Chicago. I feel we can be really good at Chicago. Loudon, Pocono, Michigan coming up again. There are some really good race tracks I'm looking forward to. Watkins Glen is another one we might have to look at to get a top 15 at. Overall, we have some good race tracks up where we can be strong at and some others we just have to survive at, in order to be there for the Chase. It's not out of the question just yet-I think we're a hundred and fifty something points out of tenth right now. It's definitely a feasible goal and we're looking forward to it.
ARE YOU GETTING ANXIOUS FOR YOUR FIRST WIN?
No, I'm not getting anxious or whatever to win a race. It will come when it gets here. I'm patient enough to know that in order to finish in the top 10, you have to finish in the top 15. To finish in the top 5, you need top 10s and to win a race you need top 5s. It's just all about trying to build that consistency and run up front. You can finish, like Kasey Kahne last year, you can finish second six times. It's that last little bit that's going to get you that win. As soon as you can find how to do that, you'll be able to knock them out one after another. I feel that the team is really strong and Alan Gustafson and myself are working really well together and getting everything where we need it to be. It's just a matter of time til we get to that last hurdle and knock down the door to get to that win. But, as soon as we do that, we'll be pretty strong.