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Once I realized that I wasn't going to match dad's statistics on paper... to me, my dad was this really important part of the puzzle, and he was important because of his success but also because of the reaction to whatever he did, i thought, ‘ Wow, that is an asset, that's what being an asset to the sport is and this guy is valuable.' I wanted to have that same value.
I think he certainly would be happy and proud, but also typical Dad going, ‘ Well, if you try a little harder here, ’ or ‘ If you had done a little different there ’ and ‘ Maybe you should prioritize this, ’ that's exactly what I would expect from him and I would welcome that type of criticism today.
Once I got to Hendrick Motorsports in 2008 and really realized what being a driver is about, and really understood what kind of commitment Hendrick Motorsports in 2008 takes, I look back on the Bud years and go,' Wow, I really could have done so much more with that because I had some really awesome race cars and we had a hell of a team, there's some regrets and mistakes and things that I wish I would have done differently. Dad would have pointed those out for sure.
I think that he would be so proud of Kelley and who she has become, the amount of respect, her stature, I think that would matter a lot to him, he would credit her and tell me that's she a lot of the reason why we've accomplished everything we have. And he would be right. But, you know, he wouldn't tell her. He'd tell me about Kelley, and he'd talk to Kelley about me.
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