OF ‘STP 500’ ON FOX SPORTS 1
When you were 12, you competed in the Little League World Series. That had to have been quite a learning experience for someone so young, no?
It was special. I’m still buddies with some of the guys on the team. My shortstop and I hung out this offseason a little bit and yeah, we’ve got a great squad and I had a lot of fun learning team sports at a young age there . ... It was cool for our family, a different sport other than racing that we were on TV for. So I had a blast doing it and we were coached well and, like I said, it was cool to play a team sport and learning what it takes to win together as a group.
And it probably taught you a lot about handling pressure.
I’d say so. I’ve been in pressure situations a lot during my life. My grandfather (Childress Racing owner Richard Childress) has always put it on us and I think that’s why we were prepared when we got to the Cup Series and Xfinity Series because we’d been in pressure situations and other things in life, whether it’d be hunting, baseball, basketball, any kind of sport.
What are you proudest of in your career?
I think (winning) the Daytona 500 ... you can’t beat that. I mean, that’s pretty awesome. I’d love to go win a Cup championship. My other championships mean a ton to me, also; they’re right up there with that Daytona 500, because that’s being the best over a season-long period of time. I think that’s awesome being No. 1. That and marrying my wife.