What are your remaining goals for 2016?
“Winning a race at Kentucky and winning the Southern 500 in Darlington, that would absolutely cap off everything that – if we win at Darlington and Kentucky – would cover every track we currently have on the schedule. Winning a Southern 500 is big and, while Kentucky doesn’t sound like a big deal, when you want to try to win at every track on the schedule, that would make it a big deal. No matter what happens in the championship, I could say that was perfect.”
Really? Kentucky and Darlington wins would be a perfect season?
“I would take it. I just want the trophies. The significance behind Darlington and Kentucky is I’ve won at Darlington but in an Xfinity car. I’ve never won the Southern 500, and I haven’t won at Kentucky. So those are the last two Cup tracks that we currently run at where I have not won, so it would be nice to. Jeff Gordon can’t say he won at every track he ran at so, if I could win those two in the dream season, that would be awesome for us. That’s a second home track for me. It’s closer to where I grew up than Chicago is. I’ve got a lot of friends who go down to the Kentucky race, so that would be nice to win in front of them.”
How important is winning Kentucky and crossing that track off your list?
“I haven’t won in anything at Kentucky because of the short history we’ve had there. That makes it one of the main races on my schedule this year. That’s really important to me.”