But man, I'm shocked for just everything that was going on there and how hard they were running. I mean, they both were trying to win the race, of course. But you know, all I kept thinking was, as I was commentating from the TV booth about the whole deal, I'm like, they're forgetting the third place car. They have no clue that I'm coming, they have no clue, they're just racing each other. I'm like, surely the spotter has got to say something. I mean, where are these guys? And saying, you know, hey, block the top, the 18 has got a run or something. But they were so focused in on one another that they just left the door open.
That does happen sometimes, and you know when else that happened was two years ago here with myself and Jimmie were running each other really, really hard towards the end of the race, and boom, Harvick snuck through and beat us both. That happens here sometimes in California. I mean, we put on some wild races. I mean, there are some maybe, quote-unquote, dull moments through the middles, but I'll tell you, there was some really hard racing today, some good racing. I felt like the 22 and I put on a great show for the lead most of the day. And of course there at the end there's one hell of a battle through 3 and 4 and then again on pit road another battle after the race.
But that's part of racing sometimes. That's what this sport was built on. Just ask Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison.
Kyle, at Daytona you talked about how you made a conscious effort to kind of maybe smooth the rough edges or maybe be a little bit more restrained. Is today kind of a reward or a reaffirmation in your mind about the good things come to people who wait or are patient or this type of thing?
Yeah, I mean, you always work hard, and certainly there's opportunities to do some bold moves, and sometimes they pay off for you and sometimes they don't. So you just got to work through that sometimes, and today there was a couple moments for some bold moves, but nothing too crazy, I guess. But all in all, it seemed to work well in our favour and not so much in somebody else's favour.