I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter break. Mine was pretty quiet. I had family over to my home. We ate and hung out by my pool. It was nice. I chose not to go and watch my little brother Ryan race at South Boston (Va.). Watching him race makes me so nervous. He finished third which was good and I am happy for Mike Greci and the entire team.
I headed off to Phoenix on Thursday and had a NAPA appearance at the NAPA AUTO PARTS store on E. Broadway Rd. We had a nice turnout and it was great to meet with everybody. The talk continues to be about my NAPA commercial. As I have said before, it’s not me singing. I would never do that to you guys. I just can’t sing.
The actual race weekend was a lot of fun except for Saturday night. The weather was great but the race was tough. I usually run well there, but for some reason it was hard to get a hold of. We made a big gain during our qualifying run and got a top-10 start, but we never could get a real grasp for it at all during the race.
I think one of our challenges is still trying to figure out the tires. At Phoenix, the tires were supposed to be what we ran last year in the fall, but for some reason, they felt completely different. They did not respond to the same type of set ups and adjustments that worked in the past. It was almost like the tires were completely different. The rain that they had during the winter may have effected the track too in some way. It could have been the reason why the tires responded so differently. We just don’t know. Whatever the reason, it caused us to really struggle to get any grip. I think most of the guys felt the same way. During practice there were a lot of cars that spun out and that doesn’t normally happen. It was strange.
We now head to Texas Motor Speedway. It’s another track I really like. It’s fast so I am looking forward to getting back on track and scoring some points. The Chase is very much in our reach. That’s all a new driver and new team can ask for and that’s impressive.