Sears Point: Scott Pruett press conference

SCOTT PRUETT (No. 39 Target Dodge) -- Finished Third "That's the biggest challenge for us. It's difficult to step in for one or two races a year and really gel with your guys. To be clicking on all eight cylinders and not make a mistake.... We...

SCOTT PRUETT (No. 39 Target Dodge) -- Finished Third

"That's the biggest challenge for us. It's difficult to step in for one or two races a year and really gel with your guys. To be clicking on all eight cylinders and not make a mistake.... We came in on our second stop, and I think if I had been a little more heads up I would have stopped short and got the car turned because when a car came in in front of me I was jammed in. I couldn't get out. That cost us a few positions. Stuff like that, doing it week in and week out keeps you sharp. Stepping in running one or two races a season puts you that much, and that much is worth two or three positions.

"It's tough to pass. Rusty had a good solid car. Jamie had a good solid car. It's just a little hiccup in the pits can cost you two or three positions. I went to come out and the guy was running around the back of the car with a tire and I couldn't get out of there. I guess that's just part of racing.

"If you've got to come in and do a one-race deal, this is my best opportunity. The guys did a great job. If you noticed on that first stop we beat Gordon out of the pits. I can't say enough about those guys. They did a great job. We came in and hit our marks. For coming into one race, I couldn't think of a better team to be with than Ganassi. Chip is real good about making sure all his drivers have the same thing or nobody has it. Coming in, what I have in my car is at every level as high as everybody else. All the cars are purpose built road course cars. They've got to turn right and left.

"The biggest thing I've seen in the last five years, these guys are all working hard. In years gone by you could have brought in a road course guy and be guaranteed he was going to run strong all day long. You've seen what literally everybody has done, Jamie and Casey has worked hard even though he has a road racing background, Junior, Jimmie Johnson, a lot of these guys are working real hard. They know if you're racing for a championship you can't give up those points. There are two road course races, and you've got to do what you can to go out there and get the most out of your car. If it's going to some of these schools or going testing on road courses.. I don't a lot of guys went to Virginia just getting familiar with the repetition of shift-turn. It's always going on all the time. Some of these guys can put together one fast lap, but you see these guys running hard all race long and not making any mistakes."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Scott Pruett , Jimmie Johnson