"When things started missing I figured it was gonna come apart and it turned out it was a spark plug wire issue. It's unfortunate we let them close back in again, but Bristol really isn't one of my strongest tracks. I feel like I can come here and run in the top five, but winning is different. Most of the other tracks I feel like if I do the right things, I'm gonna present myself an opportunity to win. I knew that tonight was gonna be rough and our Snap-On Ford Mustang I definitely believe was a top-five race car if we had all eight cylinders. I'm real proud of the guys and all the work that they did. They gave me a good car. I don't know if I jinxed myself, but I said over the last couple of weeks that if we can get through these races and do what we need to do and minimize our bad days to be a 15th-place finish instead of a 35th that we'll be alright and low and behold we get ourselves into a 12th-place. But it was a hard-fought 12th and I feel like we did what we could do with having our problem for almost 200 laps of the race. It turned out pretty good for us."
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO STILL HAVE THE POINTS LEAD TONIGHT? "To come from where we were at when we went into Watkins Glen it's a good thing. You always want a little bit more when you go out and you feel like you had a good race car that you could have been in the top five with, but at the end of the day it's a real good feeling. It's exactly where I wanted to be leaving here. I wanted to be in the points lead. It may be a little bit slimmer, but I love going to Atlanta and some of the track that we've got coming up in Kentucky and Chicago – all places that I really enjoy racing at. There's not a place that we go to for the rest of the year that I don't feel like we've got a shot at winning if we put ourselves in the right position."