When NASCAR changed the schedule, there were some mixed emotions about having a weekend off so early in the year, but it’s a good thing if you ask me. Just getting a minute to catch your breath after our first three races—Daytona and crisscrossing the country a couple times—it’s nice to know you can spend a little more time on day-to-day preparations.
When it comes to pit stops, our crews have to be prepared for more than just changing tires, making adjustments and adding fuel to Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet or Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet on race day. If one of our teams is involved in an incident, our over-the-wall teams have to be ready to step up and handle the repairs on pit road.