Any driver who has a track in his home state is going to elevate that track to the top of his list of places where he wants to win. It is priority No. 1 for all drivers. If they don't win at that particular track, they will never be fully satisfied until they get that win there.
Back when I was a crew member and then crew chief, winning at North Wilkesboro was important to Junior Johnson. Winning at the Fairgrounds in Nashville or at Bristol was important for Darrell Waltrip. With 95 percent of the race teams in the Charlotte area, there's a lot of pride in winning at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May and October.
That motivation for a driver or a team is something that we touch on occasionally but really don't have a clear understanding of how important a factor it can be. So this weekend we are at Indianapolis, arguably the second-most desirable place to win -- behind Daytona -- in the stock-car world.
So winning at the Brickyard is a huge deal for someone from Indiana such as Ry...