Frustrations on the Track: "It seems like lately we have taken the 'racing' out of racing. The last few races it seems all we are doing is tearing up trucks. We no longer race for a position. If we want the position then we just move the person...
Frustrations on the Track:
"It seems like lately we have taken the 'racing' out of racing. The last few races it seems all we are doing is tearing up trucks. We no longer race for a position. If we want the position then we just move the person out of the way. It's frustrating. Sometimes you feel like an egg in a frying pan. You get so hot over a situation you are on the verge of popping. But you know you can't pop because then you have to answer to NASCAR. I think a handful of drivers don't care anymore. They would rather take care of it on the track and pay the price than wait till after the races is over. I understand in some situations you may have to move someone out of the way if they are holding you up and it is in the closing laps of an event, but it is even happening at the start of the race. I was watching the Busch race on Friday night and watched Martin Truex get run over and the same thing happened to Jamie McMurray on Saturday night. We don't keep our patience like we once did. I guess that shows you how stiff the competition has gotten. I will be the first to admit you have to get what you can get on the track when you can get it. I just wish we could do it by racing and not always punting each other out of the way."
Chase on The Chase:
"The Chase is in it's second year of existence and it seems we are talking about it as much as we did last year. I am a big fan of the format. I actually watched it unfold last year and will probably do the same this year. As a spectator you can't ask for anything more. You really have two chases in one format. There is the chase leading up to Richmond and then you have the final 10 races. For the fans I think there is more excitement in who will make the cut or who will not. I think it would be interesting to see the format in the truck series. We don't have enough races right now to make it work, but I think it is something to look at in the future. I wouldn't mind it at all. Especially, since we are on the outside looking in trying to find a way into the Top 10 in points. Of course if you are Dennis Setzer right now you would not be in favor of the chase format. My only concern with the format in the Nextel Cup Series and NCTS is the lack of television coverage for those who don't make the cut. The next 10 races will be interesting to see how television chooses to cover Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Will they get more coverage or less coverage than they did last year? I don't know because the performance of Gordon and Jr. are still going to be a hot story. I really think the media is in a unique position on how to cover it."
"Last year was the first time I had ever been to Loudon. I am looking forward to going back this weekend. I remember spending most of last year's practice working on learning the track so it will be nice to have that out of the way and able to focus on the set up. The thing I remember most about last year is the race ending at night and Loudon doesn't have lights. I hope we don't have to experience that this time. It is very much a handling track. It has long straight-aways and flat corners. It is similar to Milwaukee because you have to really let the truck roll through the corners. We are taking my favorite chassis this weekend and I really expect us to walk way with a solid finish. Everyone is pumped up after the run we going last week before the gear broke. It gave us a taste of what it feels like to run up front and now we are ready to stay there."