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Dynasty has a very specific meaning in sports that's when a team or player becomes champions five times and -- a -- pulled this off.
New York Yankees -- baseball Boston Celtics and basketball Montreal Canadians and -- And now Jimmy Johnson.
In -- Johnson and his Lowe's team.
Came from behind to win his unprecedented fifth.
Straight NASCAR title this past weekend he's been kind enough to join us here.
You know you haven't had any sleep in two days against Britain for limited and hopefully pick -- hours of sleep and I look like you're in that zen mode right now -- It's over so it's nice and relaxing call there was plenty of pressure and -- before that final race and really -- -- the season and she's itself so.
Well that's -- behind.
Back -- -- so it's -- very short off season but your wife is down in North Carolina where before it could never see -- get your I don't know.
Card that but I know she's -- -- The fact that your daughters how old head Genevieve who is almost five months what it where amazing experience that it's kind of hard to put even even 500 row I mean it's -- spectacular win congratulations but if you when you have a five month old girl there's nothing more special and that is kind of hard -- That's kind of puts things in perspective you -- -- And it's amazing how my perspective has changed since she -- -- And believe me my professional life in life in general this championship is meant everything to me but.
Things didn't change on July 7 when she was born in I felt like.
-- regardless of the year we had a very good year on the track once race at racetracks are very difficult on me like Bristol and in the Sonoma racetrack.
I want six offense not look like -- we're going to be would be top three in the points.
That's all great stuff.
But the my daughter was like -- James shouldn't be awesome but if not it's been great ear not my daughter did you were you concerned at all that because of the effect that she has -- is normal thing that it might distract you from the race.
The press made a lot of it in any and I feel it.
I'm on the structured guy in.
It helped me -- more structured and someone is that I don't have much free time obviously -- it's very.
Interact with the baby and all but.
I'm more focused on my career than I've ever been and I think my daughter birth -- -- -- -- part of.
You know -- the key word is focused every great athlete I speak to work great businessman whatever it is.
They have to focus they can sort of take everything that's going on around them.
Get rid of them focused and how do you learn to do that.
-- I think just years of coming up through the ranks and I'm not the smartest -- so I really have to focus and but I thought I'd do a good job you know the smartest guys guys who are not -- that's more if they have that focus they can win I mean it's the focus is really the key focus determination and there's a -- words we can use and -- people I've met through the years and that you mentioned business or sports whatever may be.
That's the common thread.
Makes it work this -- change anything -- -- -- the fact that you now are considered sort of a dynasty in and of yourself when he does that change the way you race in the future.
I think it does and I think fit this chase because.
Than what I've experienced in the past.
It allowed me to be more relaxed -- to really enjoy the experience.
Being with three drivers coming in the -- -- for the shot for the championship there's a lot of -- -- lot of fun.
And through all that it just made our fan base and -- pick sides and get more engaged involved in that's something that normally students shot away from.
But I think the success I've had as being more confident in my abilities and who I am it's also changed my perspective to work -- lighten up a little bit and kind of enjoy all of us.
Even then you have to light up because there's some slightly until was you know I mean some people say.
You're not helping NASCAR because you win too much it's funny because when when Tiger Woods was doing it when he was winning all the time everybody was saying he brought a lot of viewers.
It's kind of the opposite in your case people are slightly insane because you've won so -- and that's why people are not as enthusiastic had to deal with all.
You know for -- -- -- that I for the bad but I -- there's always includes much kid and now I know intimidated because.
Sports in general -- death is down in attendance and viewership.
It's not -- specially for our sport and there's so many factors that lead to it.
And I can look back in years before I was really driving the cup level.
When Jeff Gordon was successfully -- -- was wasn't good people didn't like it before that Dale Earnhardt now you look back at these those two big names.
And they're viewed in such -- high regard bit.
I just think it's what you do when somebody's winning a lot you don't like -- you complain about and then years down the road they respect that so whatever.
Must feel weird to be in the company -- Dale Earnhardt and and Richard Petty -- mean you're -- there now it's absolutely amazing.
It's extra hour all right then we talked about there there viewership being down -- that the intent it's even know yet what 67000 still sentence a lot of people.
But but viewership is that how do you bring it back some people say the chase.
As too many complicated rules and maybe it's time to simplify the rules of the chase make it more of a straight.
-- -- -- -- Yeah I it.
What's tough is that the history of our sport.
Needs to be considered in all these decisions and and that's why we ended up in the ten race format.
My notes confusing that there are 43 cars on track -- twelve -- eligible for the championship.
Apple -- you do -- the other teens you know they they have sponsorships and have them fan base.
There's a lot of reason that they need to be on the track.
My guess it's arguable that she could have a separate points system that -- impacted on where the other guys outside of the chase.
Fit into the finishing order so it's certainly there can be some changes made I'm not sure words -- ago.
But I think the chase has been good for sport I was against it when it first came on board.
But -- -- weekend specifically I thought that it was going away from the history of our sport in the way that Dale Earnhardt had -- -- -- -- ships and Richard Petty.
On the got the grateful for them.
You 36 races a long season that.
It's tough to deal.
And -- -- chase took away from that.
But in the end when you talk to guys like Jeff -- his only won championships -- system he thinks the chase is more difficult to win and sell.
Everybody has an opinion but at the end of the day people are talking motorsports again thank Jeff Gordon by the way won't -- your car -- -- It gets kind of weird isn't it although he's disappointed now in the -- himself -- is happy that.
The guardian wonderful and well we're we're very happy that you want congratulate you give me great they --
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