We’ve really had some good finishes in both series the last few weeks, and I’m excited to be a part of Michael Waltrip Racing. We brought home a top 10 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, which was a career best for me at the Sprint Cup level. A 10th-place finish for that event — which is a very tough race — proves the capabilities of this race team. We just need to start doing that on a more consistent basis, and soon we’ll be in the situation where we’ll be finishing in the top five.
It was a tough day this past week during the Nationwide [Series] testing at Charlotte. We tore up a really good racecar, which is unfortunate. I am OK, but I feel bad for the guys back at the shop. The good thing though is that is really the only negative thing that has happened to us recently, as our season is really shaping up the way we knew it would.
I’ve had the pleasure of running new colors and a new number for the past couple of weeks, but outside of those things, nothing else is different. We sure have been super busy trying to get the team headed in the right direction, keeping up with testing sessions and running in both series. Unfortunately, one of the other things we’ve been busy at was trying to stay in the Top 35 in owner points. Our team had asked NASCAR if we could swap the points of the No. 00 and the No. 44, but our request was denied. I didn’t think that was a fair decision, but that’s NASCAR’s ruling and you don’t have to agree with everything they say, you just have to abide by it.
I’m definitely feeling a lot better about our performance in the No. 00 Aaron’s Dream Machine so far in 2008, especially compared to where we were at this time last year. Michael Waltrip Racing as a whole has made a lot of changes in the off-season and we are a different team this year, and it shows. I can’t begin to tell you how much easier it is for me to be locked in the Top 35 in points, it makes for a much calmer Friday afternoon.