Atlanta II: Winner interview

MIKE BLISS , No. 16 Xpress/Strutmaster.com Silverado "It has been a long time, and we had a really good truck in practice. It was hard to tell what the race was going to be like, but it was good. Our Chevy Silverado was bad fast. On...

MIKE BLISS , No. 16 Xpress/Strutmaster.com Silverado

"It has been a long time, and we had a really good truck in practice. It was hard to tell what the race was going to be like, but it was good. Our Chevy Silverado was bad fast.

On recovering from pit stop error:

If I didn't win, I was going to kick that tire changers butt when I got out of the truck, because we had a truck that was capable of winning. We have kind of had good a bad pit stops throughout the year and that was a time darn it. I kind of knew our truck was real good, I just thought that maybe we would run out of time. There were some yellows that were flying and it was kind of racy up front there for a while. Not nerve-wracking, but kind of fun, actually.

On hard-charge from Terry Cook at the end of the race:

After I heard on the radio that we had about ten truck lengths on the second place guy, then I started to breathe a little bit getting into the corner. Then they said the truck was coming up five, four, so then I thought about going to the high side. But, one and two were slicking up on the bottom, but I knew I could get through three and four real good, and I just ran it there wide open the last two laps, and it was kind of sliding around, but Terry Cook was getting a heck of a run off one and two on the high side, but three and four, I think we were still pretty good. I am glad it wasn't two laps longer.

On perseverance and dedication of team:

We are doing this on money from last year and from some Chevrolet money we are kind of dripping out of. Dave (Fuge, team owner) is using his own money, and Dave is not a big-time, he doesn't have a lot of money. He has $250,000 set aside to use for the rest of the season and that is getting into his own retirement. I feel for him, he has had so much going, and he had a deal and that fell through, and now we are back down at the bottom. He doesn't know if he will be back racing next year. He honestly thought about stopping now, and licking his wounds, but he is a racer; he is a hard-core racer. He is not a fan, and I have known him for years, and I have to give him an atta-a-boy for just putting that much effort into it. I know if I owned the truck I would quit now. We are digging in, and some things are out there, I hope.

On expectations of Terry Cook during the final laps:

I think I already answered that, but anyways.. Yeah, I was concerned when I looked in the mirror and saw him coming but I wasn't running as hard as I could the last couple laps, but when I saw him coming I was getting concerned because he was running really good in turns one and two we weren't that good on the bottom, it was starting to slick up. Like I said, good thing it wasn't one lap longer or maybe I wouldn't be here, but it would have been a good race. The finishes here are always close, so it would have been exciting.

On racing with Erik Darnell during the race:

Erik to me, out of all the Roush drivers, I think he is the best. He is the most calm, he is cool, and some of the other guys I am not too sure about yet. We actually were going around the truck today and we were talking about it, and he said that he was kind of thankful that he was staying here another year, because he knows what he wants and he doesn't need it right now. I think he is going to be an excellent driver. He reminds me a lot of Mark Martin, he is calm, cool, and he is fast and smooth."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Terry Cook , Erik Darnell , Mark Martin