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Brian Vickers, Michael Waltrip Racing - Q&A

Yeah, the cautions, you know, I don't know exactly what all the cautions were for, but the entire field was so competitive, and all these cars were so close, and you're running - the times are so close, you just have to fight so hard for every inch, even in the middle of the race when you're running 20th, you're fighting for a lucky dog and I think that just leads to more cautions.

And this is a track where it's easy to get inside someone but it's very difficult to compete the pass, and while you're inside of them, it's very easy to get loose or hit someone. The last caution I think was to breathe; so that wasn't - I don't know if there were more of those, but you know, I think in general, just having more cautions probably is because of just the competitiveness of the sport and how close everyone is and how I think you feel like you have to just fight for every single inch, every single spot.

Ty Norris:
To answer your question about the hard work, if we for one second decided to sit back in our chairs and kick our feet up on the desk, Rodney and Brian, Patty, Chad Johnston, all the drivers would be over there kicking them off and saying we have to get busy.

We raced in Pocono, what, a month ago, and we race there in three or four weeks; we won't come back the same. By the time the Chase happens, we'll have another version of our next iteration of our car. We are right dead in the beginning of our third performance improvement plan, which was put in place - the first one was put in place in 2011.

And Toyota continues to bring out more steps on the engine side, so there's absolutely more to come.

Q:
Did you feel you needed to win to kind of complete the comeback or cap the comeback since your sickness?

Brian Vickers:
It certainly adds a lot to it. I think, you know, I guess it depends on how you define complete. Coming back there were multiple goals. Typically when you make a list of goals, there's not just one. One goal was to get out of the hospital. Goal two was to get back in a race car, and then three was to win a race.

But ultimately, the goal, the decision to come back to racing, was to win a championship. So when that job's done, then I think it will be more complete.

Q:
Seeing some Tweets immediately after the race from Mark and Arlene, reminded me that this is really in this instance a true team win. You mentioned often the drivers that you get to work with, and that there's obviously a lot of work that goes in, having different drivers go in and out of the car. How difficult is that for a crew chief, and there's some who would elect not to take that challenge. Why does it work for you?

Rodney Childers:
I don't know, I mean, first of all, we have three really, really good drivers. And second of all, everybody doesn't treat it the way that everybody thinks it's treated. It's not treated like there's three different drivers and we don't try to set the car up different for three different drivers.

When we talk about setups and which car we are going to take and all this kind of stuff, we don't even think about who is driving it that weekend. We just concentrate on how check put the best car together and the best setup together, and we go to the racetrack that way.

You know, the good thing is these guys have belief in us and have believed in what we're doing. Different people have different things they have done for years and years and years, and not one time has any guy come to me and said, I used to do it this way, I don't think you're doing it right. They believe in what we're doing.




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