15 July 2013
Brian Vickers, Michael Waltrip Racing - Q&A
I just want to add one thing. The #18 pitted like right - the #18 pitted, he passed Brian. He was running second. So the strategy put Brian and the #55 in the top with a shot at it.
But we passed the guys, and Brian passed them, and won this race because he had a great race car and he passed those guys, and even the ones with some of the tyres that came in late were right on the bumper and had their shot, took their shot.
So, yes, strategy put him in the position but it was a fast car and what he did in there that got the win.
I don't know whether you know it or not but this puts the #55 car in the wild-card spot for the owner's championship, so I wonder if that's a goal of yours at this point.
Well, I'll answer that. Rodney Childers deserves to run for a championship as a crew chief. About a year and a half ago, we told him that we were going to run Mark Martin in 24 races and Michael in the Speedway races, and we were not even sure who was going to drive the other races at that point.
And Rodney has everybody knocking on his door, always, and we respect that. But he made the choice to stay, and that was a big choice for our organization.
One of the very first things we talked about was racing for an owner's championship; let's shake up the system. We'll have multiple drivers but if we can win some races and be in a situation where we can run for an owner's championship, that can be just as remarkable as running for a driver's championship.
So our team has rallied around that. #55 has rallied around that for the last year and a half, so I know it's something that we are very aware of.
When you reflect back on it, what will be the overriding emotion that you will keep and cherish, and can you describe that scene at the end of the race, were you going to try to execute a burnout and run out of gas?
I don't know what happened. I forgot how to do a burnout, which is possible, or I ran out of gas, or something happened. I did that burnout and just off. And then I spent a few seconds trying to restart it, and I was like, you know what, screw this, I just want to hang out with the fans so I gave up restart being it.
And then just went and got the flag and just - I was actually there when they opened the gate. I don't know, I remember, I go back to my first NASCAR win at Indianapolis and they opened the gate and the fans were there and that was just a special moment for me, because it's the fans that make the sport happen.
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