Heading into the Brickyard 400 at Indy we had our off weekend, and I took that opportunity to go to Spain. I enjoyed a lot of different cities, cultures and food, and even caught a bull fight in Seville. This time off is always nice because it breaks up the season and you have the chance to relax and recharge before getting ready for the final 17 races.
Indy was a battle for us this past weekend like it always is. You could say that Indy and I haven’t gotten along over the years. We qualified really well (fourth) and had a shot at the pole but came up just short. We started the race and just kind of faded to the back right away. We never really were in contention up front like we needed to, and our car sustained damage towards the end of the race which didn’t help. In the final laps we had a chance to stretch the fuel, but we ended in 21st -- not the best of days by no means.
With six races left until the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup kicks off at Chicagoland Speedway, we need to perform really well. We need to try new things and be as prepared as we can be. The Sprint Summer Showdow,n which includes a million dollar bonus that will be awarded in Atlanta, is a part of these next few races too. You can bet we’re going to try and position ourselves well for that.
When you are approaching a fresh new season the outlook is somewhat unclear, and you want to work through some of the little things that will define the season. When you are approaching the second half of the season and heading into the ‘playoffs’ your mindset shifts. You know what you have, you know what need to do, and you work all season long to get into a position to win the championship. It’s time to attack!
This coming weekend we head to Pocono, and I’m looking forward to it. We finished second there earlier this season. The goal is improve that second-place finish by one and come home with a win. Pocono has always been a good track for us so it should be a good weekend all around.
Off the race track, I’m really excited about the Dodge Charger raffle we’re hosting through a joint effort with The Kurt Busch Foundation and The Armed Forces Foundation. For $100 you can purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win a 2011 Dodge Charger. We’re only selling 5,000 tickets so you have a 1/5,000 chance of taking home a brand new car. Check it out and best of luck!