MIKE BLISS, NO. 0 NETZERO BSTY BUY CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Note: NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Brendan Gaughan will share driving duties Bliss, who underwent successful hernia surgery Monday morning, for this weekend's event at Pocono:
(HOW ARE YOU FEELING AND WHAT IS THE PLAN FOR THE WEEKEND?) "I'm feeling like a hundred bucks (laughs). The plan is that I'll practice here this afternoon, I'll qualify the car, and I'll start the car in the race and then Brendan will get in it at the first yellow. That's Plan A. Plan B is that I don't pit and I stay out there until I run out of fuel (laughs). If the car is good, I sure won't come in and say, 'Oh boy, this car is good.here you go!'
"Seriously, we just want to make sure that NetZero and Best Buy and all the team gets everything. And if half-way through the race I don't think I can do it, well that's not good for everybody. There are a lot of races in my career and one race isn't going to make or break me. If Brendan goes out and wins the race, that'll probably break me (laughs).
"I had the operation Monday morning and by Monday afternoon, I was in bed wondering what I did to myself. This hurts more than I thought it would. So we had to come up with a plan. Brendan is a good guy and I know he'll do a good job. We just had to have a backup plan if I just couldn't get in the car."
(ON THE GEAR RULE FOR POCONO) "I ran one lap in the first practice and Brendan has been doing all the testing up to this point. I'll do the second practice. Looking at lap times, I don't see where the speeds really fell off from when they were shifting. If you look at Turn 3 to the front stretch, that's where you have to carry the most speed. But I haven't been here since 2000. I was surprised how rough it's gotten since then. Over at the tunnel, they've got a speed bump out there - and I'm not too sure they didn't put it in there for a speed bump. It's a lot rougher than I remember. I don't think shifting is going to make the race any better or not better. It's the same for everybody. I don't like shifting in general because it's more work I have to do in the race car. No, I don't mind shifting. But it's something less to think about if we don't."