Crash and learn
Clearwater native Ricky Carmichael, on his transition from motocross glory to stock cars before his start in an ARCA race this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway:
"The thing about motorcycles is they are so much smaller so if someone makes a mistake, it is easier to get away from it, especially if you are side by side. Now if you are behind someone on a motorcycle, it (will) hurt more than likely. You know what, either one can be bad when you are racing side by side like that. I don't think there is any escape from that."
Since NASCAR started compiling "loop data" in 2005, Jeff Gordon has a series-best driver rating of 96.9, an average running position of 13.8 (second best) and runs in the top 15 in 65.4 percent of laps (second best).