Yeah, it was. Late in the race, when I realized
We just didn't run as well as we wanted to, though. We really need to work on our cars [at short tracks], because we tried some stuff and it just didn't work.
I don't know. We ran really well at Martinsville, and other than that we've struggled a little bit. We had a tough time at Bristol and both Richmond races, so we're trying some stuff at Loudon that I hope works. We've got to run well there.
Yeah, it really got me worried. I was coming off of turn two, and I think the float level or something was high on the carburetor, so it might have been spilling fuel. Because the engine missed a couple of times, and I thought, Oh, not now. We cannot blow this engine. It ended up running fine, but it stumbled a bit.
I didn't lose it on the radio, but I was really stressing there for a minute. Because if we had trouble, it could have been really bad.
Well, everyone's going to step it up a little bit. Because of that, some people will make mistakes, but other people will just run even better than they have been. And the guys who are really good at it, who have been in point battles like this before, they're not going to make mistakes at all.
So, I have to go in and just be cautiously aggressive, make sure I don't leave anything on the table but not let a bad day get even worse [by making my own mistake.]
That Jimmie Johnson can be very, very, fast! But I also learned some things about myself, particularly my driving and how to pace myself a little bit. I also need to remember what's really important; I took some risks last year that were OK, but some that weren't. You just have to learn to balance that.
Talladega's the one that I've learned all sorts of ways to have bad days at. I've been caught up in things and I've caused things, so I've just got to be smart there.
It's doing good. The first week, we worked really hard at the pedal geometry. Just making sure the pedal was really light. Last week, we were almost back to normal, and I think this week it'll be fine. In fact, I think this week will be a bit of a relief in a way if everything goes well because it's not a long race [only 300 laps] and it's on a pretty simple racetrack. There's not a lot of G load, either; so if I can make it through this week, I think I'll be in the clear.
Yeah, that was really cool, 'cause that was a really hard-fought race. To win it and to have my foot not be in any way a hindrance, that was huge. For me, it was big but I think for my guys it's even bigger. Because they've got to sit there and think it's causing a problem, and it's good to see that it's not.
Yeah! It worked out great. She's the first person I called when I broke it, and she got me in right away to get an X-Ray and called some folks that she knew at the University of Missouri. They got me taken care of very quickly, which was a huge help.
Yeah. Biffle started the Chase last year, came out of nowhere and was on fire. So any of the guys in the Chase can do that. You look at
Yeah, my brother, my wife, everybody plays. But I don't.
Because I don't need something else to distract me right now. As long as I can go without getting into something, it's better for me because once I get into something then it just becomes -- I just care about it, and it becomes another distraction.
But I noticed this week, we were watching a game and my brother had his computer going and everything set up. He was full on into it, and said something along the lines of, "Fantasy football is the greatest thing on the planet, period." He was just amped up.
I don't think he has Adrian Peterson, though, so that could mean trouble for him.
Yeah, they all know. I've got the coolest group of people around me, so I'm very fortunate. I don't have anybody that adds stress -- everybody just helps me out.
I think more about and work harder at my job these 10 weeks than at any time all year.
But when I'm at the gym, or when I'm traveling, wherever I go I'm thinking about the racecar right now.
Yeah. You can still go to the gym. Seems the more you work on the crutches, the crutches alone are a great workout. Swimming, if you can swim, that's great. I can't swim worth a ...
I can swim, but I can't keep it up enough to have a cardiovascular workout because of it. But swimming's good if you're into swimming.
I also went to the bicycle shop the other day, and I picked up this bike and it has three wheels.
Well, yeah. I went to ride after that, and this group of tourists rode by me the other day on the trail, and one guy looks at me and goes, "You ride old lady bike."
I was like, well, at least I'm riding dude. [Laughs] So, that's been helping me a lot; I've really been doing almost the same amount of stuff. I thought I was going to be in bad shape, but that hasn't been the case.
So, that would be the advice. You can still go lift weights, you can swim, or you can get some sort of bike that you can't fall off of (AKA: Tricycle.)
Well, I can swim. But if we were going to swim a mile, that would kill me ... because I have to stop and catch my breath too much.
I took this Scuba Theory class in college. I was thinking, Scuba Theory ... it's going to be easy, right? But it turns out the University of Missouri swim coach is nationally recognized. He's been there for 30 years or something ... and he's hardcore. So the first day, he says, "Everybody, in the pool. The only training in the United States that you'll receive for scuba that's better than this is the Navy SEAL curriculum. The only difference is we won't be shooting guns."
So he makes everybody line up, and he wants to see us swim. So I'm swimming across the pool, trying to blend in, making it look like I know what I'm doing. And all of a sudden I hear, "You! The blue shorts! Get out of the pool!"
So I get out, and he says, "We will not move on or do anything else until you learn how to swim." So I learned how I'm supposed to do it after that, but I'm just not good at it. I ended up dropping out of that class, by the way...
Take us through a lap at New Hampshire.
New Hampshire looks very simple, but it's a pretty technical racetrack. You drive into the first corner, and it has graduated banking in that turn. So the very bottom is really flat, but the second groove is just a little banked and you can manipulate the handling of the car by moving across that seam. It's a fast entry into the corner with hard braking, and you roll through it for a long time (it's a true oval, so you're making a 180 degree corner). You really feel what the car is doing so you can give feedback to your crew chief, then you get the throttle down as hard as you can going onto the back straightaway. Going into turn 3, there's some bumps, and you've got to be careful braking there not to axle hop -- I've wrecked there once doing that.
Once you get your car right, it's a great track.