How is your mindset heading into Dover this weekend?
“Well, I’m going to be optimistic when I go there. Darian (Grubb) and the team have been working on that race track for quite a long time the last few weeks, working on a setup that would make me comfortable on that race track. The car is going to be good. I just have to have an open mind when I get out there for the first green flag run and have faith that I can do it. I’ll be leaning on my teammates quite a bit this weekend. Obviously they are both very good at that track.” Read more
How do you approach this weekend’s race at New Hampshire?
“This weekend is definitely a race that I think our FedEx team can win. We were very strong there in July and probably gave up a win, but that’s why winning these races is so hard. I know that Darian (Grubb) is going to bring a fast car, and I know that our team is eager to get back out there and put together a solid race from start to finish. We’re still in the title hunt and there are nine more weeks to achieve our goals. We have to take it race-by-race, starting on Sunday.” Read more
How can this FedEx team sustain its current momentum heading into the Chase?
“You wish you could bottle it up and take these wins and put them in the Chase. But they are worth something, they’re worth six points, and we’ve gained six points in the Chase. That’s six spots. That’s hard to come by here and there. These guys know more than anything what one point matters what it comes to the Chase. We’re just winning at the tracks we should be winning at, and so for me, I think that ‑‑ I’m going to try to win 13 straight. Darian (Grubb) has just taken this program to that next level, and obviously anyone can go on a 10‑race run. He did it last year, and hopefully he’s got some of the magic saved up for us here in the next few weeks.” Read more
Do you think Bristol owes you a victory after coming so close in the past?
“Coming so close before has really only made us want to win one of these Bristol races more than ever. There is no doubt that winning at Bristol would be special and I know I speak for the entire team when I say leaving here with a trophy is something everyone in racing wants to accomplish in their career. We’ve felt like we’ve had the car on a couple of occasions but had some bad luck in terms of parts going bad at the worst possible times. Twice we ran almost 500 laps around Bristol to get in position to win only to have things go wrong at the very end. This team regroups and works even harder because we know we can run well at Bristol.” Read more
What are your thoughts heading into the return trip to Michigan this weekend?
“It’s important for our FedEx team to get a good solid finish this weekend in Michigan. We have had some bad luck and gotten taken out a few times in the last few weeks, and with only four races to go before the Chase, hopefully we have that behind us. I know that this team is strong enough to contend for the championship, it’s now just a matter of putting all that together each and every week. Darian (Grubb, crew chief) and the guys have been bringing really fast race cars to the track. Hopefully we can get a couple more good runs in the next few weeks to solidify our spot in the top-10 in points so our two wins count once the Chase comes.” Read more