your relationship with Warren now?
My relationship with Warren is not real good.
My relationship with Kurt is fine, but not good
with Warren. Not that I want it to be bad, not
because of anything that I've said.
He's controversial. Bottom line, he's one that
has jumped on the bandwagon of accusing me of
doing something wrong. He's never done that
before, so why now? He knows me better than
anyone does because I worked with him for 12
years. He knows I'm not an idiot. He put up
with that kinda' stuff forever, so he should
be the last person to do it. I don't understand,
I don't have the answer for it, but I can't
DRO: Do you
ever talk to him?
Not really. It's pretty quiet. If I have something
that I really need to say, I will, but we don't
talk socially anymore. It's too bad. I didn't
want it to be that way. I didn't set out for
it to be that way. He's made it that way. That's
the bottom line.
Maybe he's simply doing it thinking it will
knock me off my game. But it's not going to
happen. All that does is make me work harder.
If that's what he's trying to do it's backfiring
DRO: Are even
you surprised at the success you have race after
race? As you said, Pro Stock is so tight and
you're always running on the edge. Are you surprised
that the other guys are not keeping up?
I am surprised. What you said there was the
consistency of doing it every week, every race,
every place you go to. That hasn't been done
in the past. Whether it was Warren, Glidden,
or Alderman. Yeah, they had great seasons, but
their great seasons meant they ran great at
some tracks and so-so at others. It was never
great at every race track and we pretty much
proved all last season, no matter whether it
was Denver or Englishtown, we ran great at every
DRO: And so
far this year too.
Yeah, and so far this year. That's what sets
this team apart from the teams I've seen in
the past that had great years and won championships.
This team has done it in every type of condition
there is. That's probably why people want to
say traction control. They want to say something
is wrong with the operator because no one has
ever done it like this before. No one has every
proven they could do that. I don't honestly
have the answer for it, you know, why we can
do it and they can't.
I feel my guys can do a better job with the
race car. We test a lot; we test at several
different types of race tracks. I've got a great
engine tuner in Jason Line. He stays on top
of that. For every change of weather conditions
I think I've just got a better rounded group
of guys that just don't miss any of those little
details. Apparently some of the teams in the
past have been strong in certain areas, but
not in every area. This team is strong in every
area and it is showing. We don't really have
a weak link, so to speak.
year it seemed that you were almost embarrassed,
or at least very humble after winning each race.
This year you seem to be relishing the wins
a little bit more; there's even a hint of cockiness
at times. Would you agree?
What happens, and I've seen it done so many
times before, is if you ever start bragging
about what you can do, or are going to do, or
did do, it usually comes back to haunt you.
I've seen so many people stick their foot in
their mouth. I'm not like that, I don't want
to be like that.
The only reason maybe it sounds a little more
the other way now is because people just keep
needling on you. Nobody wants to give you credit,
they just want to needle on you, the reporters
needle on you. Maybe that made me a little bit
different in my answers to people.
I'm a humble guy and I still don't know why
or how I deserve all this success, except that
we're working our tails off. We're trying to
achieve this kind of success. We're not sitting
at home and its just happening because we're
lucky. We are making our own luck.
If people were kinder to me, then some of the
comments I've made would not have come out.
I'm not that type of person. I'm very humble
and thankful for everything I've got here and
I know its not only great preparation, great
people, great help, and a great supporting cast;
its also a lot of luck. It's everything together.
You're not going to win without luck and I've
got it all going right now. Will that go away
someday? The luck end of it, more than likely,
that always goes away. It moves around. The
preparation, I hope that never goes away, but
you also gotta' have the luck. I've got it right
now and have had it for the last 12 to 15 months.
I don't know how much longer it will stay, but
we'll still have a great team; we'll still have
a great operation. Will the luck go away, will
we have breakage, goofy things happen? Sure,
that could very well happen.