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Time out for family before testingAt this time of year, the NASCAR community takes some family time. A lot of holidays are family-oriented, but we get to celebrate very few together with our loved ones. A lot like Thanksgiving, Christmas is a time to be thankful, and I count my blessings every day that God has blessed me, my wife Linda and my three healthy children with health. Very few people get to make a living doing what they enjoy. A lot of people enjoy golfing, but they only are able to do it on the weekends. A lot of people enjoy playing basketball, but they only get to do it every once in a while. A lot of people enjoy fishing, but it's not the way they make a living. The NASCAR community is so fortunate that we can actually make our living at our hobby. I run into fans every single day, and they have several comments. "Boy, we can't wait until racing starts." "We wish it started next week." "We wish you guys at FOX had the whole season." They are all very flattering comments, but it is nice that we can stop and slow down for just a few days, and trust me, when I'm looking at this truck team of ours, it's like a day and a half is all we get. We're going to work until noon on Christmas Eve. We'll try to walk out of there and shut off the lights, but we'll be back in their Friday morning because we're trying to make a Talladega test on January 3 and 4 with two trucks. Hang on everybody. Daytona Speedweeks will be here before you can bat an eye, and Daytona testing -- which is becoming a bigger and bigger event -- starts in two weeks. E-mail Jeff Hammond and Larry McReynolds
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