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Will date do you know anything about race and and anything about NASCAR well if you don't you're more on but.
You know our next guest Steve Jobs the number not in that fast and -- Ford for Roush Fenway racing and he finished second and what I'll call the best championship race ever.
Came down to the last lap of the last race and ended in a tiebreaker.
So the new season starts next month at the Daytona 500 here is racer correlate -- -- Let me it was it it -- it's nice to be on you must exhausted you didn't you just co hosting with Kelli wrap up both finger goes on FOX & Friends a small.
Earnings and had a good time with that then Kelly referendum -- nice enough to Politico host and I had a really good time it was fun and and on here review and that.
I've senior the racetrack so it's need to be sitting here and.
In your world in town that I can't tell you race car driver I do wanna ask you though it was so close with -- tiny store and and certainly heartbreaking.
But what is being done in the off season for yourself what is the team done would we be down with the car at the -- if any thing to get ready for next year.
-- -- -- -- small Affleck team we have not done much -- we feel like we are performing very well and I think it's.
Like anything it rings true -- things have -- well don't mess with it so I'm excited about this upcoming season I mean that.
That battle with Tony was so much fun I I -- so -- -- -- -- but I think it taught me a lot about this given my best of the best like Canon and be happy with the outcome.
You're incredibly gracious.
How much -- one of -- That was was really tough -- never wanted some than.
More and professionally have never want something like that you know we -- the all star race we we've we've led autonomy the season and Antonio my months.
-- we -- one Las Vegas and and Tony one half of the races in the playoffs in the chase so he did a great job that.
The great thing about NASCAR is that there's a new season starts right away we're going to -- -- on February 26 from the 500 -- Ratings came back attendants came back last year merchandise sales came back.
But I got to tell you some of life really attracted to people who don't normally watch NASCAR than here with the trash talk and they went on the week before homestead.
And whether Tony was -- had his hands on the wheel with that was drop in the car.
Do you think he's he's do you want to keep some of that up that I arrival -- I think it's good that I think if you don't.
It was Ali Frazier come all right it's -- it's about competition I mean that's what we do we compete and you know -- Tony isn't much better the trash truck and then I am but.
At the end of the day what I wanted to -- -- -- compete my way to the best I could.
And and we did have a little funnel that our press conference this that was like a -- -- and that people were really enjoying it and and at the end of it it was cool to be able to race -- that hard head to head and shake hands afterwards and and just have fun competing.
How hard is it.
Com particularly with sponsorship dollars and ralphs has been especially hard hit.
With UPS -- in the sixth car and the team has now gone down -- three cars Crown Royal leaving.
-- Kansas car and how well pressure does that put on new.
There's a lot of there's a lot of pressure but you'll foot like UPS for example -- they're gonna have an involvement with our team will be on the 99 -- for one race DIC it was a great sponsor for so long but.
If you look at some of success stories in the sport I think those are important to tell -- well you know fast and all our primary sponsors -- double digit.
Growth over the last two years it's been great for I was -- -- bought their stock when they that we first that are working together.
AFLAC they they had a down period of their backed up.
And just yesterday I was at the Detroit auto show with Ford there unveiling its new products and I think we can all be proud of Ford's done as an American company in.
Right now we are hoping that this year and I'm I'm really -- it comes on the -- Tony again battle it out head to head and I'm hopeful we can win this championship but.
But overall we can present this great sport the way that we have to the fans and the sponsors can enjoy it.
It's going to be huge so much when people and -- -- -- to people who -- not you know at the track first sort of the races and a year.
They talk about view and see you as what you would end up in broadcasting they see you being very talented that it.
They see you doing it very often -- -- is that what you want to do ultimately.
Not really that about a factor this -- -- yeah -- and you know.
I don't really you know -- this pace -- it's.
It's so strange or not I grew up in in Columbia Missouri I had this dream of driving race cars I never thought I'd be sitting here.
-- -- talking about my sponsors stock prices in you know what's going on in the would be a leading up the Daytona 500 never thought I'd be competing in all this stuff so.
What I try to do with life in general with -- -- just -- have -- -- -- you know go do things like we're doing today in and out like this morning with Kelly and and be on the show with you and is it fun and would you rather be behind the way when you've got rather be at the track of course of those integration -- Connecticut.
-- they have you know we've got 36 races the year -- -- opportunities and and yeah I just it it's amazing I'm sure you feel the same way to get up and do something you love.
And and to have people support that financially and and to enjoy it the school.
I'd rather be at the track frankly.
-- it -- down a -- well I shouldn't say that what is not my confidence has probably shouldn't be just didn't say that call.
It was great to see thank you so much do you have any trophies in your house at all have you given mind I don't -- really having to raise my -- survey gonna make -- get.
Duplicates made so she can keep -- that.
We try to give the -- away but really the most fun is that competition and and -- better watch out this is going to be tough I think we're gonna Begin and I -- -- carp.
I can't way it's done that on or not a bad fats and all driven by Carl Edwards called good luck thank you Aussie -- -- -- a whole lot easy.
I -- -- yes I don't say Karl thank you pick up yet it may god thank you about what's trophy I have a few mile Italy once and -- -- thank you very much.
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