We're also joined by winning car owner Joe Gibbs. Joe, we've seen Kyle come so close to winning here in Texas. What's it mean to you to see him in victory lane in the Sprint Cup Series?
I think what's really important is to all of our partners, everybody. Toyota has done such a great job, partners for us. Interstate Batteries, we all love Norm, hanging out with Norm. It's great to see Interstate, our founding sponsor, when you think about it, 22 years of a partnership there with Norm and everybody. It's a thrill for us.
M&M'S obviously a real partner for us too. It's a thrill for us to come here. We've got so many sponsors here. We've Interstate, Sport Clips. We've got GameStop. So we've got a lot of our partners that are here. We love coming and racing here, and what can you say?
Today, I think, was a total team effort for the #18 team. Great pit stops, Dave making great calls. Kyle driving it like mad, and everybody back home too. Everybody that worked so hard back home with our cars and our motors, it was a thrill for all of us. So our partners, a big deal for us, and we're going to celebrate.
Kyle, you're not a sentimental guy, I guess, but why does Norm Miller mean so much to you?
Norm's just a huge supporter of mine, personally, as well as professionally. It means so much to have a guy like that on your side. He's been one of the best people that I've been able to talk to the last few seasons, especially with Joe as well too.
A couple years ago I had an issue here and Norm stepped up to the plate to help us finish out the season. He's one of the best character that's we've got around. It's a lot of fun to be able to put him in victory lane here in Texas. We tried. We only get one shot a year because they split it between Interstate and M&M'S here.
But it's been so much fun to keep trying, but yet to finally pull it out and do it here tonight. He's jacked up, dude. You ought to talk to the guy. He's fun.
What did Norm do for you, Kyle, a couple years ago here?
Well, I had an issue in a truck race, and unfortunately got suspended for the weekend. Then M&M'S pulled their sponsorship for the final two races of the year, and Interstate Batteries stepped up. Norm wasn't going to let that car go the rest of the year without colors on it, so he put his on it. It takes true character, and obviously, he's outrageously dependable. That's right. Write that down.
Dave, not discounting any part of Kyle's driving or the speed of your pit crew, how important and how key was it to have that first pit stall?
You've got to give that to Kyle. He's the fastest man in Texas. No one's been around this track in a stock car faster than Kyle. He laid down a nice lap yesterday and broke the track record, and that got us that number one stall. That was key. Even leaving the pit box under yellow, we didn't have to spin our tires real bad and abuse them just leaving. That clean exit meant so much. Again, that was a big deal.
Joe, could you describe how far Kyle has come since that hiccup in Texas in November of '11?