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That's where all the guys are, but I am lying on the beach, spending time with my family. I've been up here for about 10 days now, and the girls and I are enjoying ourselves. After all of that hard work getting ready for my Busch race at Martinsville, being able to take off a couple of weeks has been good for me and my family. When I'm lying around, I sometimes have bizarre thoughts, and I thought that I would share some of them with you:
- First of all, short tracks are a whole lot more fun than superspeedways. That's something that I always knew, and driving the Busch race at Martinsville reconfirmed that notion.
- I think somebody needs to tell Tony Stewart to get rid of that blue light on top of his car. He's not the sheriff, and he's not Buford Pusser from the movie "Walking Tall."
- I'm not the one that hired Robert Yates' driver and took his sponsor.
- Rookies don't stay rookies very long anymore.
- If you spin out somebody, you go to the rear. I know people say, "Well, it's just racin'. This guy did that, and this guy did something else. That's what caused it." You've got to quit analyzing what caused the wrecks. You've got to look at the result, and the result is you spun out somebody. You can't help what happened. You can't analyze it or talk about it. The more discipline you have in a race, the better the race will be.
- Make winning by anyone anywhere a big deal. A big deal means that you're in the Chase. Just tweak the Chase. Don't change it a whole lot. We've always said it had some flaws and needed some things done to it that may add a little more excitement. So just tweak on it a little bit. Don't throw it away and start all over again... but if you are going to start all over again, then you might as well throw it away.
- Calling someone by their nickname is a term of endearment.
- If you only get to race once a year, then you must be retired.
- If you drive the Dream Machine, does that make you a dreamer? I told the guys after the Martinsville race, "Man, I don't feel like I drove 250 laps. I feel great." They said, "DW, you didn't drive 250 laps. There were 86 caution laps."
- If you get spun out with 15 laps to go at Martinsville, and you finish 28th on the lead lap, does that make you old? This is funny. Ty Norris was my spotter at Martinsville, and after I got spun, I was a little upset. I was screaming at Ty, "Who did that? Who hit me? Who spun me out?" He said No. 36, but I thought he said No. 56 so I was looking for 56. There he was, just a few cars ahead of me. I drove beside the 56, and I looked over. I didn't know it was Kevin Grubb because I could only see the guy's eyes. But I was putting my arms up in the air and looking over at him with a real put-out look. He looked back at me almost like he was whimpering, "Why are you mad at me? I didn't do anything." Then Ty said, "What are you doing up beside the 56?" I said, "Because he spun me out." He said, "No, no, no. It was the 36." So, I'm sorry Kevin.
- There have been a lot of great inventions and a lot of things have been created to protect and make drivers safer. Based on how hot it's been this summer, one of the biggest inventions in racing has to be the Koolbox. If I was going to race every weekend, I would have two of them. I'd have one blowing on my head and one blowing in back of my seat. I would have as many Koolboxes as I could get in my race car because they sure do make a difference.
- A positive attitude is contagious.