This is itSaturday, September 14, 2013

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Celebrating 400 with my DSR teammates... although not sure if Tony missed that day at school
This is what we have worked all season long for. Scratch that... this is what we have worked our whole lives for. A chance to win a championship only comes to those who work hard at it and those who deserve it, and I can't think of any other team other than my NAPA Auto Parts team that deserves it more. They are a team who has worked hard, very hard, at having the chance to win an NHRA championship, and hopefully when we get to Pomona in November, we will be fighting for it once again.

We are in Charlotte for the kickoff to our playoffs, or as it is called, the Countdown to the Championship, and this weekend is the start of a six-race playoff for all the marbles, and to make it more exciting we will have to the first four races all in consecutive weekends before getting a chance to catch our breath for a couple of weeks, and then it will be stops in Vegas and then our final race in Pomona.

We are coming into this weekend as defending champs of this race from last year, and on top of that, we have our sponsor and best tools in the world sponsoring the race this weekend as it will be called the Carlyle Tools Carolina Nationals brought to you by NAPA! What a chance for us to help spread the word about Carlyle Tools with our special paint scheme, but a chance to get off on the right foot in the Countdown.

We have had a very exciting summer on and off the race track as we planned our family summer trip right after our Norwalk race with a trip up in the RV to the Central Coast of California to Lake Nacimiento for a week and then drove it down to Pismo Beach for another week before heading up to Paso Robles for a few days, then hopping in it and traveling together up to the Sonoma racetrack for the race. I absolutely cherish this time every year with our family and can't wait for it every year.

We also got to finally see the "Snake and Mongoose" movie that I was so lucky to be a part of and I got to take my family to the red carpet premiere in Hollywood. On the track, our NAPA team made it to the winner's circle in Sonoma where I consider my home track and certainly had the family and friends there to prove it. Then we did it again in Brainerd as we made it back-to-back wins in Brainerd (2012 & 2013) and survived another jaunt in the famous "Zoo" that the fans (and racers) SO love and look forward to every year.

We had a so-so weekend in Indy but came up short of winning the U.S. Nationals, but our goal of being ready for a run at the championship I think has been accomplished by our crew chief, Rahn Tobler, and our NAPA team, and believe me, our fans and sponsors deserve it as well.

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Talk to you soon!