If you stand still, you're going to get run over.
It's all kind of mental. When you win, you have that confidence. If you can win the Skoal Showdown, then you feel positive on race day because you've been there, you've done that, and you know that your car is running the numbers and your driver's doing the job. But also for this championship, it was tough to get there. There are guys that aren't in this show that should have been there. When other cars just come from behind. The bottom line, anytime that you go in there, you know you did your job, but there's two other kids that are not in it that could've been (Whit Bazemore and Capps), and we're all trying to get in. Those kids could still be shooting toward that championship. You don't get too cocky just because you're in the Showdown or if you win it. You've got to go to sleep at night and get ready for the next morning.
I'm here to tell them that anybody can be beat, but it ain't over till I say it's over. There's a lot of racing left and we expect to be right in the middle of it.
I don't know if anyone has noticed, but there are a lot of good race cars out here, ... This is the best field (of Funny Cars) I've ever seen and that goes back to the days of 'Snake' and 'Mongoose,' Bernstein and the 'Blue Max' (references to Don Prudhomme, Tom McEwen, Kenny Bernstein and the car driven by three-time champion Raymond Beadle). I raced against all of them and I got spanked regular. But, bottom line, it's tougher now. There are no easy rounds.
It's kinda exciting, ... after you get over the gut ache you have every morning. But everybody's running out of races now. You can't make a mistake because two or three guys might pass you.
It'll come down to who makes the right adjustments, ... It looks like all of us have pretty good cars in the cool and pretty good cars in the heat. When you're that close, all it takes is one mistake.
I Saw Elvis at 1000 Feet.
I actually felt kind of bad for him, because I've been there.
You win with heart.
it rejuvenated me and all of a sudden it wasn't about winning the championship. To be honest, I didn't think about (the championship) all day. I was just happy. You know, I've got a great team and I just love to drive my race car.
There's still a lot of racing left.
That's still two rounds, no matter how you add it up.
I've got a good old hot rod here. I'm almost embarrassed. ... Quickest don't win you championships and it don't win you races. But it sure makes you feel good.
The car is running good. When you run good, you're always happy. We'll just go from here and see if we can win this race. We have a shot at winning. So do 15 other guys.
I'm excited, as any father would be. I always believed she could do it, but as a parent you worry.
We bring 'em out of the stands into the heat of battle.
We've had some trouble this year, but there's nothing wrong with me and nothing wrong with this team that a win wouldn't fix.
It's in the gut. It hurts, ... But we've been through this before. We won't panic. We'll go on doing it the same way it's worked for us for 14 years. Don't worry about this old man.
Nothing gets old. It's always exciting, especially with the competition that we've put together this year. The guys that have made this Showdown, it was tough to make it. Robert Hight coming from behind made our program look real good, but I'm really looking forward to Indy, and I really want to thank Skoal for putting up the money to make this possible.
We need to go after these guys, ... We need to quit racing scared. When you're (in the points lead), you always back off a little bit and play it safe. But now I ain't in the lead. I've got nothing to lose. So let's play hard ball because I've got too much experience to suck this bad.
I've been saying that this is the toughest (Funny Car) field I've ever seen, ... Scelzi, he's smart. He's won championships (three in the Top Fuel division) before. And Capps is plenty shrewd, too. My hat's off to 'em, right now.