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Brian Vickers, Michael Waltrip Racing - Q&A

We started with a good car. We made some adjustments. Not all of them worked like we wanted at the beginning of the race, and he made some great calls during the race, some great adjustments and some great pit strategy to the car right and to get us the transition we needed, and that's what won us the race narrow.

Ty Norris:
For me when they went into the corner three-wide, I was just hoping someone didn't make a mistake. And I had not seen the top side of three-wide come out of turn two ahead, ever, here.

And when he came out of turn two with the lead, and those two were jockeying him, it was like he hit a three-point shot at the buzzer to win the National Championship. I mean, I was fist-pumping and pumped up for it, I knew that was the moment.

And lost in all that, Jeff Burton had a great day, as well, and to see him come back, gets beat up a lot, too. I thought it was cool that he had the day he had. So there are a lot of great stories out of this event.

Brian Vickers:
And to Jeff Burton, I have to thank him for purchasing me on that restart. I think the whole field was probably spinning their tyres. I know I was and I know Tony was. We were going through the gears as best and smooth as we could but we were just - old tyres, and we were both just spinning.

And Jeff, maybe he didn't really have anywhere else to go, but nonetheless, he pushed me and gave me the nose advantage I needed going into one.

Rodney Childers:
Truthfully, I don't think I ever lost my confidence one time. Really about 70 to go, I felt like we could win the race. We had better tyres than those guys and felt fine about our fuel mileage and we had got our car better and better all day, and he had found a few things on the racetrack that found us some speed.

You know, with ten to go, all you can think about is, what could go wrong and what if the caution comes out. And then he'll tell you, I was complaining, save some tyres if there's a caution. As soon as that caution came out, I felt like we were in the catbird seat and the only way somebody was going to pass us was if they roughed us up really, really bad.

You know, Tony Stewart, like Brian said, is an absolutely amazing race car driver, and I never thought for a minute that he would take us out or do anything, just like Brian said. So I had lots of confidence going into that last deal.

Q:
I wanted to ask Brian a couple things. One, you mentioned your fiancée was already stuck in traffic; had she given up on your chance to win and left, or what happened there? And does this convince Aaron's that you're the guy that should go full-time and you can put it all together now?

Brian Vickers:



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