How much of a role does luck play in a championship run?
People are probably going to say that what I'm getting ready to tell you is wrong, but I think it plays a lot. I'll go back and think about how even Jimmie Johnson has had some moments where luck has helped sustain his opportunity to wear the crown. Kurt Busch had a tire come off in the season finale in 2004, but was close enough to pit road to make it in and not lose the championship.
I don't think there's any driver who's ever raced who can say that luck didn't come into play somewhere down the line.
I'll go back to the 1989 Daytona 500 that Darrell Waltrip and I won. Everything we did, we did right that day. But we also had to have a lot of stuff fall into place that we couldn't 100 percent predict. You have to have a little bit of luck. It's that unknown element that we never want to give credit to, but it's always there.
When it's working for you, you can't ignore it. You can have the greatest skills in the world, but...