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“My foot said go before my brain did.”
"The right place at the right time happens if you let people know that you are there."
"You had life by the tail and didn't know it."
"We just need some luck, however I can get that. I don't know. There's not a store where you can go buy that."
"There's bigger things in life that I've faced. So, this is only a little stone. We've been climbing mountains lately."
"I go race to race to race, and that's how I've always done it. I focus as much as I can on the upcoming weekend and when we leave, I start focusing on the next race. Maybe I have a one-track mind."
"Well, streaks come together and we can't explain why it goes on or what causes it. But we certainly don't want to change anything in case it's something that we don't notice. But we show up every week and do all that we can to win and put ourselves in position to win and sometimes things just click for a month or two."
"Anything can happen in this sport. We've seen teams dominate one year and just can't hit their tail the next year."
"It's going to be different kind of equipment, different rules. I don't care what year it's in. I think if you're a race driver, you're a race driver."
"The butterflies start going when the national anthem stops playing."
"You have to have a good blend of aggression and patience."
"The level of competition, modern day, the bar is getting raised so high that I think the best way to explain it is we're on 'kill' now more. You've got to be on your game from the time you come off the truck."
"When I think of the pace that I drove my first race, everything was happening a million miles an hour. Now when I get in the car everything happens so much slower."
"I think the most I ever raced for on dirt was $10,000. I can buy some cool toys and have a lot of fun with a million bucks!”
"I thrive on stress. I always say I give heart attacks, I don't get them."
"You like to see that positive aspect of stuff. We like to always be optimistic about this. I mean we want to go out there and rip their throats out, but we like to be nice about doing it."
"Hey, I woke up the green side of the dirt, so it's a good day."
"Confidence is a big part of any sport, but as far as sports psycholgy, I met with one last year before the season, and hell I just felt stupid after that, so I try to stay out of there."
"It's just all about opportunities, knocking doors down and see who answers."
"If you think you've stopped learning, you're going to get lapped."
"Way too much thinking for me."
"For us there is no difference between second and tenth, it's win or nothing."
"Hopefully we can bring the car home with more pieces than the last time."
"I was driving the car around the high groove and all of a sudden the wall jumped out and slapped the side of the car."
"I think we're our biggest competition. I think the racetrack's the biggest competition. If we go and race the racetrack and try to go around the racetrack faster than our competition, then that's the goal. I look at it as a competition between us and the racetrack because it's all about lap time."
I'm a straightaway guy - I only go around corners if I'm on fire, trust me. I love what I do, but I love all motorsports - Indy Car, Formula, all of that. But drag racing is my love.
"You can go from having all your stuff together and really feeling good about yourself to really figuring you can't run a lick."
"My father could look straight ahead but concentrate on something on the very edge of his vision, almost nearly behind him."
"Speed is relative. Does it feel fast going 70 miles per hour down an eight lane highway? No, probably not, but I bet it does if you are going down some single lane dirt road. It’s the same in a race car. It depends on the track."
"The totem pole on our team is horizontal. It's not vertical. Everybody is on the same pole at the same time. Everyone is on the same level. Nobody is larger than the team."
It's a high-speed, high-banked soup bowl. It's a monster. It's Bristol's Big Brother."
"It's go time. We need to score points, a lot of points, every race."
"The racing is no different if it is day or night except you see the lights and the sparks. You run the race the same. The day or night doesn't really affect the race."
"Over the years I have raced on just about every type of surface, including an occasional unplanned excursion on grass, as well as a few other tracks that might make some of today's drivers reconsider their career choice. I've seen it all and done it all, with about the only thing I haven't raced on is mud."
You can't buy or create it. It's just something that you have."
“They can look inside themselves and say, look, maybe I'm doing something wrong here and fix it.”
“If you do this long enough, you get some pretty thick skin. Everybody has to realize that we’re going to be doing this for a long time and you have to appreciate today and tomorrow. "
"Well, dad was really aggressive, and Jeff wasn’t very aggressive. It seems like he’s getting more aggressive as he’s getting older. Jeff is really, really smooth, where dad was sort of barbaric with the race car. They were very different in their driving styles.”
“I always have fun. I don’t really go without fun too long.”
“I think any driver that ever gets closed-minded into thinking ‘This is the way it worked last year, I think this is the way we have to keep doing it.’ I think they'll be left behind and shuffle to the back.”
"I don't care how good you are, you have to have that feeling in your gut that you want to win every week when you go out there.”
“Your stomach goes up in your throat. But you have to drive the roller coaster.”
"The most intense thing you do. Whatever makes you see stars. Whatever trips your trigger and makes you forget anything else that’s going on in your life. The ultimate roller coaster ride. "
“I have to remind myself to breath. I have to remind myself to brake. I’m trying to see. I’m trying to hear. I not only smell it, but I’m feeling it. As it starts to shake, I’ve got to get off the throttle. I use all my senses in four and a half seconds.”
“Your brain has never really caught up to what you are doing.”
"I do it because I love it. Whether I win or not, it motivates me to win again. When I lose it motivates me to win. ”
I'm not a robot; I have a personality and I have emotions. I have a humorous side to me and an angry side to me."
“I’m kind of quiet but when I put my helmet on, it’s like you flip a switch. I’m ready to go.”
“The madder I get, the faster I go.”
“Hopefully the trees wouldn’t hurt me.”
"The wall always wins."
"Today races are won with what you bring to the track. You have to unload -- when you pull that gun out of that trailer, that thing has got to be loaded with some heavy firing ammunition and it's got to be ready to go. And if it's not, you can't fix it at the racetrack anymore."
"I’m just trying not to get run over. That’s number one. Number two is you gotta catch the guy in front of ya.”
“I want to race and win as much as I want to breath.”
“The thrill of racing and driving the car out of control with no police chasing you. ”
For me, there is no such thing as an offseason… thankfully. We’ll continue to run the dirt car whenever we get the chance, and the thing about it is: once the Nextel Cup season is over, it kind of frees up your weekends. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Each week I just try to focus on a top-10 finish. It’s hard, and I try not to worry about where anybody else is on the track. You just get what you can get.”
“You’ve got to be on the edge and have a little horseshoe with you every now and then.”
“I first raced in 1976." With tongue in cheek he added, “I started last and finished second. That early success was bad because it made me think I could do what I’m doing now.”
"To win at Bristol, let alone sweep races at Bristol, it’s awesome. I came to a lot of races here when my dad drove them. He made this place magical if you're an Earnhardt fan, and me being one of 'em. I might not have done it like he did it, but that was pretty damn close. He had some great races here. That's why this place is so magical to me. Good Lord. What a great day!"
"Other than the sun not being on the track, the Pro Stock cars, that don't have the luxury of the liquid dynamite or belt-driven tunnel ram that the fuel cars enjoy, will have to make the best of whatever air is there.
“I’m ill as a hornet if I don’t run well.”
"If we can send a guy to the moon we can certainly go a quarter of a mile and not get hurt."
"Funny Car racing at night? There's nothing more spectacular," Force enthused. "The fans love it, but it's fun in the car, too. Big ol' header flames shootin' up taller than the car. It's a rush. You don't need fireworks. We bring our own."
"I'm still playing Hot Wheels only now mine's a 2,400-pound Mustang."
"Us winning on fuel mileage is about as likely to happen as a blizzard in the Bahamas."
"I don't think the DuPont crew would mind if they had to push the car to Victory Lane again."
"The heat of battle is serenity. That racecar is serenity. It's just just another day at the office. That's my dream in life, but as soon as they give you that trophy the gut-ache starts again."
"I don't have a job. I get paid to play."
"If it doesn't hurt, it wasn't a big deal."
"I'm just glad to have a lane."
"I'm going after Garlits' record. He won the first 50 years. I'm going to win the next 50 years!"
"You drop the ball once in awhile."
"You look in all directions."
"I don't think a switch ever cuts on"
"It's hard work. There are no shortcuts, unless you're rich."
"There's a shaft of light and then there's the shaft."
"It is amazing what can be accomplished when nobody cares about who gets the credit."
"A lot of racers I know want the armored car to back up to the shop, but they forget you've got to earn what's in the truck."
"If you wake up every morning not wanting to learn something you might as well quit this business."
It's like having a big tractor sitting on top of your shoulder."
"It depends on what you hit."
"No such thing as bad win or a good loss."
"It's a constant thing. If we were perfect why would we ever make a change during a race."
"This is the first race of the rest of the season. Daytona is a great place to start the second half of each year too...it's kind of where you go to 'renew' yourself."
"I guess I'd rather be lucky than good."
"Stock cars, Indy cars, school buses-and that would be a heck of a place for a school bus race-no matter what they run there, it's going to be big. Everybody's heard of Indy."
"I'm not a big believer in the supernatural, but if there's any place on earth that has ghosts, it's Darlington."
"If you think, you lose."
"Don't ever bet on a drag race."
"After all, you wouldn't take a mule to the Kentucky Derby."
"It's a kind of a verbal agreement. He tells me what to do, and I do it."
"Once you try to do more than your equipment is capable of doing you get yourself in trouble and you start wrecking."
"I felt like I got drop-kicked a few times."
"Our motto is speed, muscle and attitude. Muscle cars, muscle guys, and attitude."
"If you have a goal or dream, go for it. Do everything to get there before life passes you by."
"There's two ways to be successful; with youth and enthusiasm or age and treachery."
"We've made plenty of deposits into the luck bank, now it's time for a withdrawal."
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