Please get down off the wall-bars, stay off the seats.
I think the people here demonstrated that they care very much about this school.
You run the whole season, and then you run Indy. It's that special that it separates itself from the rest of the season. We're having a good year, but if we can win Indy or the Skoal Showdown, it will be a great year.
[Tommy Johnson, who has known Jimmy for 13 years, pegged him as a] good business man, honest, hardworking. Ive done business with him before, ... Hes one of the kind of guys you like to deal with.
Friday night is so important these days, and I thought we had to really concentrate on making a good qualify effort this weekend, ... After being No. 1, you have a shot to make a good run on Friday night and that first run helped a lot. It's so important to make a good pass on the first run to put yourself near the back of the order for the night run.
Coach Zaleski taught me a lot my first year in Louisville, ... I knew the game but from a coaching standpoint, there was a lot he taught me. Zaleski took the head coaching job in Albany. He wanted me to come with him. At the time, Louisville was in a transition. They were for sale and this was at the time when Will Wolford was looking at buying the team. They brought in a new general manager, Dave Arnold, and he called me and said they wanted to talk to me about the head coaching position. I met with Will Wolford then as well. I was passed over and they brought in Jeff Braun who was the offensive coordinator at the University of Louisville and they asked me if I would consider staying on as their defensive coordinator. It was a tough decision to make. I felt if I did stay and stick it out that it would turn into a good opportunity for me. Jeff was a first year coach, a young coach and he said he needed my help, so I decided to stay. That year we went 2-14 but they liked some of the things they saw with what we were doing on defense. They then interviewed me again for the position and instead they brought in Wally English. There was a situation I didn't mind because of his experience. He has great credentials. I couldn't come close to having what he has. That decision was not so tough to take. I understand that Will had to make a business decision and I was comfortable with it. So again, I was asked to stay on as defensive coordinator. Through all of that, I got to know Will Wolford...what he stood for, what he wanted with the team. Will is the most non-selfish guy I know.
We had a tough weekend getting a handle on the race track, ... This time of year, (John) Force is the toughest car and you have to elevate your game. We've come up just a little short against them three times lately. We're still a competitive car. He's always a tough guy to run, but especially at this time of year.
The last pass was actually a pretty decent one, ... It dropped a hole (cylinder) about 500-feet into the run. We addressed the tire smoking problem and I think we can go down there and run a high 4.70 in the first round. Even racing John Force, I'm as confident as I can be. We qualified ok, but we've got the setup to race on Sunday.
It's always good to have one of your players move onto the next level. That's what this league is all about, ... Matt had a great season and I know he will excel at the next level.
All of these pardons seemed appropriate. None of these (17 pardons) jumped out at us as something that would be untoward at all. It's a long, drawn-out and thorough process, as it should be.
We had a problem in the fuel system on the first pass and still ran 4.77, ... It should have been a better run than that. The clutch didn't wear properly and it shook the tires on the night run. The weather will be decent on Saturday, so we should be able to run between a 4.73-4.75 and get into the top half of the field.
We did not match their level of intensity.
If we tried to analyze it, our minds would be pretzels.
This will be another great challenge for our players to play against a great field in the Cowboy Classic. I hope we can put a couple good rounds together and make a good showing.