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Martin Truex Jr., Michael Waltrip Racing - Q&A

With Sonoma being somewhat of a slower speed track, obviously the downforce doesn't come into play quite as much as the big tracks we go to. You kind of expect that. But not much different than what we've done here in the past.

Michael Waltrip:
I have a question. Did anybody ever hit you or did you have a moment or were you ever mad or just pretty normal day?

Martin Truex Jr.:
No. It was so easy.

Q:
Any problem with the brakes?

Martin Truex Jr.:
No, my brakes were phenomenal.

Michael Waltrip:
The weather really helped all those things, I think.

Q:
Michael, you were coming in here confident that you'd get a win for NAPA, then the electrical problem. At what point did you know that the electrical problem was not going to be an issue?

Michael Waltrip:
It was just a small problem with the cool box, and Chad is pretty smart, and they sorted through that in two seconds and knew that it was behind us, and the cool box that we ran today, that wouldn't happen again.

As soon as I found out what it was, I knew it wasn't an issue anymore.

But do y'all notice every week that the #56 is on the track it's got NAPA auto parts on it? They're one of the only sponsors in the whole garage area that sponsors a car every week, and they've been doing that since 2001. It's a great day for them, and I'm thankful that we were able to deliver that win. I know I said that, but I just want to make that point, too, in case y'all didn't have a story yet about it, maybe you could write one about the fact that NAPA sponsors a car every week.

Martin Truex Jr.:
They're only one of, what, two or three that sponsor a car every week?

Michael Waltrip:
I think it's the only one. They have hospitality at the racetracks and they make these commercials that Martin and I are in. They really, really support this sport that we all love and make it possible for us to race our car. And I got a goblet.

Martin Truex Jr.:
It's mine, he's just borrowing it.

Q:
Martin, you've got to tell me the truth: As the laps were ticking down and you were getting away from everybody and the lead was growing, were you nervous at all? Was anything said on the radio?

Martin Truex Jr.:
He would tell me my lap time, he would tell me my lead and he would tell me to save fuel. My spotter would tell me to drive it straight, take care of the tires, and I would tell me to drive it straight, take care of the tires and only run as hard as you need to.

Q:
Were you running low on fuel?

Martin Truex Jr.:
No. He was telling me to save fuel, but I knew we weren't close because he wasn't like telling me to slow - I'm going too fast. He wasn't like slow down more, you're going too fast. Normally I know when we're really close because he'll tell me I'm going too fast. Slow down some more. He just told me be easy with the throttle, save a little fuel. He was pretty calm about it, so I could kind of feel that he was not too nervous and that we were okay. He just wanted a little in reserve.

Michael Waltrip:
What did it feel like when he told you Juan ran out?

Martin Truex Jr.:
I will tell you this: With two laps to go, my engine sounded completely different than it had all day, and then he said Juan ran out and it sounded even more different, then I just put it in fourth gear and ran around the track.

Michael Waltrip:
The mind is a powerful thing.

Q:
Michael, Martin just said he felt like a tremendous load was lifted off his shoulder. Describe for you what that load felt like and now what it feels like?

Michael Waltrip:



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