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Had the same sponsor since his first NASCAR race and it -- -- Back in 1992.
The longest in NASCAR right now now the sponsor has a different name the former -- pop performance coatings is exalt up.
After being sold last year and you'll see that new -- game this weekend at pocono here now for top.
Champion -- -- in particular area of you've been in this a long time.
I have I have been I get reminded of it more more all the time now as well what you know this exciting day for us.
You know yes the same people saying.
Paint and coatings that systems that that's been with this for all these years.
But we've been waiting for this new logo exulted to come out and concerned -- -- this weekend at pocono.
When dealing with you deal with big corporations with your sponsors you see the fans every weekend you can look in the stands and see.
If their full half full in.
How does the world look right now the economy doesn't look how would you compare it looking back it here twenty plus year career there.
You know I think it definitely has certain challenges right now -- you have where the costs of the sport continue to go up with technology and engineering and we're trying to put put -- good competition is very fierce.
But yet you know the marketers are being Smart about where -- spending their money -- end and how much.
I think everybody that we're talking to still tremendous number of fortune 500 fortune 100 companies that are in NASCAR.
And I think they all still feel like.
This is a great way to invest.
And -- get your money.
Indy you don't put your money -- -- money in there and get more out of it than what you -- -- so it's still I think going very very well.
But yet -- challenges because were asking for more as well as there are asking for.
You don't maybe some cuts here and there because -- maybe their marketing dollars.
She got -- primary sponsors now -- -- and then -- to -- -- you so to speak -- that's right you know for years and in the numbers have just grown over the years tremendously.
And and yet it's been very beneficial for them and each year you know you'd -- do a contract can you say okay here's here's what the sport.
It is in the direction it's going would you be interested and they they came back every time it said absolutely and and again now -- we just announce where itself announce extended.
Because this actual contract was up at the end of this year so while we were waiting deal with the new company with -- -- To continue this did the other comics pro and -- -- and he's brands we've been a part of for all these years.
To continue with went with our race team and they've -- they've just announced that they will.
Speaking of continuing -- -- fans every time you get interviewed when you retire.
I think about it won't for the first and foremost how do you maintain the intensity required.
To win a championship year after year at this.
It's tough there and it does get tough for you gotta find what that the motivation really is I've been so successful in the sport.
That you -- won a lot of races won championships.
But you know I have not won a Sprint Cup and it's a different format.
And -- I would love to to win a Sprint Cup.
Come close but not quite at two kids now to my you know my wife -- my two children -- never experience what it's like.
To be champions.
And just winning races when they're there is so special we did at pocono last year and your last win was at homestead at the end of the year he and they were all there is an incredible experience and so that really motivates me.
To work harder you have to you have to be completely committed and dedicated willing to put yourself out there push the limits of the race card give good feedback to the team.
And India I was just at road Atlanta testing this week me -- to take that time you have to take commit to it and it gets tougher -- you get older especially as.
At least they'll take really hearted she took one 600 that the couple I don't remember months.
In Charlotte and -- how do you feel like how is your health like you're experiencing.
Problems that you didn't even a year now matter.
Problem I had back problems in you know when I I said -- years ago I won't drive past forty because my back issues but then I started to to work on my back can get more flexibility.
And actually have come around in that sense analysis comes -- performance.
And -- that was a hard hit in in Charlotte and you know I definitely was a rough -- I mean I just felt pain everywhere throughout my whole body.
But by the -- -- to Dover I was ready to go and felt good throughout the race and finished third.
To just two quick things yet -- three of -- and -- right or wrong but I didn't I don't cowboys lost body on that rent goes is that all you guys have.
It was the just two quick things one that did the fans hate you as much as they hate Jimmie Johnson right now -- back in the day.
You know to me because it was that rivalry between Dale Earnhardt senior myself.
I think that it was they hated me because.
You know anybody that was beating Dale Earnhardt senior.
And challenging him for races and championships.
They they seem yet to make.
There -- -- Known a little bit more I think -- Jimmy I think that they all.
Appreciated in respect his talents and abilities and what he's done.
And and maybe they wanna see others win than a little bit more -- he win so darn much but down but I don't know if he has a real distinct rival.
That people can can really did excited about job hazing and loving -- teammates that it is on the department -- to have.
We have already made up or we have a lot a lot of interest soon we'll let you know how well -- you have anybody out there that synergies and he's ahead of all let me call my a billionaire friends thanks -- thank you it was great seeing nice to see him luck this weekend.
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