I thought our first run, we were all right and I guess probably after the second run, we were able to move forward pretty good. I believe it was the second run, anyway. I felt pretty good about what we had. I thought we needed to get it better. But there was times where our balance was pretty good. There probably was not a lot that Jason could fix on pit road.
But we made some good adjustments and track position getting better obviously helps the car. So I don't know, probably them couple long runs. That one time we got toward the back and had a couple good restarts and got back to fourth, I think when we restarted 12th or something like that, I knew we were pretty good. I didn't know if we were going to be as good as Jimmie, but I knew we were probably getting up to at least run second all things being equal.
Given the racing that we saw today, do you think NASCAR should consider moving this race from Saturday night to Sunday?
You mean because track conditions are different or something?
Oh, I don't know. That's the funny thing, so we get done with the race today, I have no idea what our car would have drove like last night, if it would have been different or not. I don't really have enough time here.
The race today was really enjoyable. It was really slick, bumpy, it was a little slower than it would be at night, and in my mind that creates more passing and more side-to-side racing and more options for different lanes you can run. I enjoyed it, obviously, being during the day.
That was kind of partially my question. I wanted to ask you, Jason, looking back, if you had to take a guess, is what transpired today vastly different than what we would probably have seen last night?
I'm with Matt. It's hard to say. You know, you look back at Cup cars only run here a couple years, and you look back at your notes, and you think, well, when the track does cool off, it tends to free up a little bit and the track gains grip.
I've been to Kentucky enough times and I know how those showers can pop up, and they can be violent and wash it out in a hurry so we can have a race on a Saturday night, so when it rains out, we'll have Sunday to run it (laughter).
But no, I don't know that - as the track rubbered up today, it started to free up a little bit. I was thinking maybe it's a night thing but maybe it's not. Maybe it's just the rubber gets down in the racetrack and it starts freeing up - Matt's saying we are running out of time here.
Yeah, definitely the track was going to free up about 9:15, we know that, and (laughter) look at there. God thought that was funny, too. He turned the microphones back on.
Again, we have notes as far as what the track is going to do at night, and then we have a few notes on what it's going to do when it's green during the day, no rubber on it. But I'm with Matt, I don't know that we would have seen much as far as how the track changed. I don't know that it would have been much different last night.
You mentioned in your opening statement about needing to improve; what areas do you need to improve in?
Well, I guess what I mean by that is you always have to improve, and I feel like they do a great job of doing that at JGR.