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Racing at Phoenix International Raceway was a gas
But I gotta tell you folks, I think Chad Knaus had an intuition about what was going to happen Saturday night. I was watching Jimmie on Friday in the final practice. They fueled that car up and put four tires on it and sent Jimmie on his way. I can't give you the exact number of laps that he ran, but I know it was a minimum of 50 consecutive laps it was probably more because I really didn't notice it until he'd been out on the track for quite a while. If you watched our practice show, I was telling Larry McReynolds that Chad was probably trying to run the car out of fuel. He was one of the few I saw do that, maybe he was the only one to do that, so he knew exactly how far he could go on that final tank of fuel and he nailed it right on the head. Just another great job of anticipating by the No. 48 crew. They showed what can happen if you are prepared for anything. A tip of the hat to Chad and Jimmie for a brilliant job done Saturday night for Hendrick Motorsports. Also, I thought it was very sweet of Jimmie's Hendrick teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. to say that he was sorry he didn't win, but he sure was proud that Hendrick Motorsports won, that means there's wins around the corner for everybody. That's a great attitude. Based on the way that Jeff Gordon practiced on Friday, I thought he was going to be in big trouble Saturday night, but he too came through with a nice run for Rick Hendrick, as well as Casey Mears, who also got a decent finish. Overall, you can say that it was a pretty nice weekend for Hendrick Motorsports. It was also a great weekend for the new car. I don't think you could ask for a more exciting race. The show that Martin and Earnhardt Jr. put on in those 8 cars was exciting to watch. You knew sooner or later that was going to happen, and I know Dale Jr. was probably working harder than he probably would have against anybody else because that was his old car he handled it very well. My buddy Carl Edwards got a little behind on a sequence of pit stops, went a lap down, got the lucky dog and came back to finish fourth another brilliant job by Carl and his No. 99 team. Overall, the racing was great. We saw action all night long all around the racetrack, cars were beating and banging each other, slipping and sliding, pushing and shoving ... it was a classic short track race, even though we were on a 1-mile somewhat-superspeedway. It was a great evening of racing. I apologize to all the NASCAR fans and all the baseball fans for what happened at the beginning of the race. I'm a huge Boston Red Sox fan. My uncle Bud, who passed away last week, made us watch the Red Sox anytime we were in Nantucket, Mass. He loved Big Papi and the Red Sox. So it was ironic to me that he passed away last week and the Red Sox game interfered with the start of the race, I think uncle Bud was manipulating the TV somehow. Nonetheless, I guess as a network we were in a no-win situation. You want to try and do what's right, but it couldn't have been a worse circumstance. The Sox were in a rain delay, so we think that's going to work out fine we could get the race started and we'll go back and visit with Joe Buck and the rest of the MLB on FOX guys to find out what happened once the game resumed. But the rain delay ended at the same time the race started. Trying to take care of everybody probably didn't work so well. I apologize to all of our fans. Trust me, no one cares more about our sport than FOX, and they love baseball too. That was just a tough situation, and I apologize to everybody. We try to give you all the absolute highest quality telecast we can no matter what the circumstances are but every now and then something like that happens. I'm sorry for all my buddies that were in the truck making those decisions.