What do you expect we’ll see at Kentucky this weekend with the reconfiguration and repave?
“Yeah, that is going to be pretty wild. Not a lot of time for the asphalt to cure at Kentucky after a repave. They did different banking in turns one and two versus three and four. It will be fast, it will be smooth, but when you have repaves, usually Goodyear brings a harder tire and it puts the fine line – it’s like a razor-blade edge – of when you have grip versus when you don’t. The new asphalt will definitely be treacherous this time around. I’m trying not to overthink it. We will take our Kansas-Michigan-style setup there. There is going to be an extra practice day and we will see how things progress throughout the weekend.”
What was the first thing you thought of when you came to Kentucky for the first time?
“I went there for the first time when I was racing Trucks. It was an inaugural race for the Trucks. I thought that, since it was the first time anyone went there, that rookies had just as good of a shot to win as veterans. I overdrove that race every ounce I could and ended up wrecking with about 15 laps to go while running in the lead pack. I hit pretty hard. I think that was one of the hardest hits I’ve taken. Kentucky stood up and bit me the first time I was there. And, up until recently, we never ran a Cup race there, so we used it as a test facility. So, my time when I was at Roush, I think we were there every other Tuesday making laps. So, I had plenty of laps at Kentucky, but not in race configuration.”