Atlanta

Hi Everyone –

Atlanta was a tough race. I saw everybody out there sideways except for Kurt Busch. He was dialed in. I got lapped three times and he was the only car I ever saw that passed me. He would lap me and we would run another 20 or 30 laps and then the caution would come out. That just shows you how good his car was. He ran really close to the wall and even had the right side of his car scrubbed off so he was committed that’s for sure. It was a really good run for that Penske team and it’s great to see them up front.

As for my NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, it was unmanageable. If you are loose off the corner, you can generally work with it. During the Atlanta race, I was so loose in the corner that I had a tough time dealing with it. In the corner, my car would just slide. I had to guess as to what my car was going to do and where it would go next. We really struggled with my car and David Reutimann’s team also had a challenge with their handling and an engine problem. Our cars were a handful. One thing to remember about Atlanta is the track is so worn out. I like tracks being worn out, but I would have liked to have a little bit more grip out there. 

Marcos Ambrose looked like he had a pretty good MWR car there for awhile until his engine blew up. His team continues to run competitively at tracks where Marcos has different degrees of experience. It’s unfortunate that both Reutimann and Ambrose ended up having engine issues. My NAPA team was fortunate to make it to the end and minimize our damage. We ended up with a top-25 finish. We’ll take that result and go out to Bristol Motor Speedway and see what we can get next.

I am really proud of Reutimann and what his team has been able to accomplish so far. They sit 12th in points. It’s a shame that the team dropped a cylinder on Sunday. It certainly put them back a little bit in points, but I am really looking forward to seeing what they can do at Bristol. Reutimann is really good there so he should have a good chance at getting back on track.

This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is off. I like the fact that we have a break and it is great for everybody. It allows us to see where our stuff is and how it stacks up to the other teams. The break also allows us to regroup. This so-called off week really isn’t off for me. I am pretty busy. Today I am testing in Rockingham, N.C. Tomorrow I head to Washington D.C for a NAPA appearance. On Thursday, I travel out west to tape an episode of “My Name is Earl.” I am really looking forward to my acting gig as I have a significant role. I play myself, but I have been written in to a storyline so it’s more than just a cameo. I have speaking parts. I can’t wait. Stay tuned as my appearance on the show airs on Thursday, April 30th at 8 p.m. on NBC.

Have a great week everybody and I appreciate your continued support.

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