I know where my priorities lie.
James Finch is exactly what I'm looking for, as far as getting back into the race car to have fun.
You know, it's just a matter of working through the pitfalls sometimes and working through the challenges that lie ahead.
I feel comfortable around every driver out there and each driver is in charge of their own car, but you feel very secure racing the competition out there.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday I took time to reflect on what is most important to me and realized I need to find a way to put the fun back into racing.
There's steps that I've taken already, and each week, talking with the sports psychologist on a routine basis and working with the different programs that we're going through. This is all stuff that you can say you're going to make a difference, but I'm putting it into action.
Leaving a great organization and a lucrative contract is not easy, but it allows me to take a deep breath and work on things that can make me a better driver and a better person.
I also appreciate the lasting friendships I've made while working with our great sponsors through the years, including Miller Lite, Shell and Dodge.
That's what I try to do each and every week is give my best effort and not give up, no matter what comes at us.
Is my strike zone bigger than others? Yeah. It might be bigger than others, but I don't have a problem with it.
Newman and I were friends. We were great teammates, and he needs to check his trophy case on that Daytona 500 trophy I helped him get years ago.
This is like my dad's race team where we had one Legend car. If we wrecked it, we couldn't race the next week unless we had enough parts to put it back together again.
James Finch has always had pretty stout cars for the restrictor-plate races and I know we'll be very competitive at Daytona.
You really don't put a value on your first win, it is priceless no matter where you are.
Each driver has their own identity and from one week to another, normally it stays the same.
I just always dreamed of racing cars, but I didn't think I could do it as a living.
The Daytona 500 is a big race, and Darlington is just as big of an event, and a lot of people get excited for it.
I've been fined probably more than any driver, and I've probably paid it out of my own pocket more than any driver.
This 51 Phoenix Racing team, I love them to death. They've got my back, I've got theirs.
There are going to be little victories that we claim, even if it's finishing 15th and putting the car back in hauler without a scratch on it.