I knew it would be difficult. But, yeah, no, great to have the opportunity to get back in. Made the most of it I think. Yeah, hopefully we can do some more.
Mike, can you discuss the start. What was the anticipation there?
I really wanted to go ahead of E.J. If I could keep him between me and Ryan, you know, I'd be able to get a good cushion there and try and pull away.
Yeah, just kind of turned it right on the first one. It was harder to do as the race went on. Me being on the outside, I kept getting caught on the marbles, couldn't get traction. You start pretty early as soon as you come out of that corner. Yeah, it's tricky.
Yeah, did make it harder at the end when there were more marbles out there. That's what happens. But, yeah, they were fun. All the restarts were good. Got to do it again tomorrow.
Can you do it again tomorrow from pole?
I think so. We definitely got the pace to pull away. I think we definitely got the car, definitely got the crew to do it. We're starting in the best possible position.
Regardless of what weather does, the car will be good. Just a case of focusing on what we have to do.
70 laps is a long race, anything can happen. Just have to keep fighting and keep it out front.
$50,000 bonus if a driver sweeps both races.
You could buy a new suit.
Get my name stitched on it (laughter).
Dale, your first two wins came after a long time of trying, second one was a surprise at Texas. How were your emotions through the day after winning pole, seeing how this race developed?
A little mixed in the very beginning. I wasn't sure how it was all going to play out. I knew what we had here. You still have to get through the pit stops properly, the yellows. Somebody came in at 18, that guy could lead if things go right. You're never sure till the very end.
When he had the big gap, went to the red tyres, that was a pretty good situation because we knew the reds weren't the tyre of choice for many people. We had the gap. 19-second gap like he had, get a yellow, now it's a whole new war.
So it was up and down really. Watching Justin come through the field, be able to get up to third, I knew obviously our cars were pretty good, but the race, there's a million things that can happen, mechanical failure, could have rained with two laps to go. A lot of things could have changed the mix today. Wasn't until the end until you realized what you accomplished.
Explain why road and street courses suit you so well and why you're uncomfortable on ovals? Is there any turning back? Are you done with ovals for good?