But at the same time, these races are so hard to win. You've got to be with a good crew, good car, good put pits, call it right, drive smart and have some luck. That's all part of it. And you can't take anything to are granted. You can't assume you're in a good position, because there are legitimately 12 guys any weekend that can win a race, and you just never know if you'll ever win another one.
Will used to tell me that and I used to laugh at him, because that's when he was winning six races a year; it's just so true, and in an environment this competitive, you just never know.
We are enjoying what we have got now and the success we've had, but we have got to keep our heads down and work harder than ever if we want to get back up here.
After having won three races, nobody else having performed that well this season but still running fourth in the points, how does that set up your plan for the remainder of the season?
We obviously kick it off with a bang, had two DNFs and another win and then had a couple bad races in Indy and Detroit. After Detroit, we really just said, all right, look, guys, we have to get our momentum back and we have to get that MoJo going again. At Texas, solid top ten; Milwaukee, solid top five and obviously here back at the top step. I think that's just the momentum shift that we needed.
We are not going to be in a position to win every race, we know that but I think that we have found our way into finishing where we have to on the day you've got a ninth place car, finish ninth. It's a lot better than wrecking and going for eight.
I think the team has got a lot of confidence in each other and themselves and now we can just try and rip off some consistent results because you look at Marco and you look at Helio, I've got more wins than anybody, but those guys are ahead of me because they have been more consistent.
You said at St. Pete trying for that first victory, you were dreaming up scenario, how am I going to lose this; how is it different today after you've had a couple wins and you're out in front for so much of the race?
It was even worse because that much longer in the lead and more time to think of things that would go wrong.
Obviously the first stint went pretty well for us and getting the lead early I think was important for us, because clean air is king, and we were able to get through traffic. When we first came up on traffic, that was going to be the first big test, the first 20, 30 laps, whatever it was, didn't really mean much, because anybody running by themselves up front was going to be good. It's when we got into lap traffic that was going to make a difference.
And every time I came up on a lap car that was going to be the car that was going to screw it up for us. Luckily we didn't have many cautions. When you are leading and have a good pace, you don't want to see those, but every time we did, it was, oh, well, this is the restart that's going to do us in; or every pit stop, I'm going to spit coming off turn two, get back up to speed or something.