Made the show in Jersey! Better than that, I don’t look like a total idiot any more. I’m not saying I’m Final Four material yet, just that I’m looking better. Thanks to everyone who came up to congratulate me – you might not know how much that means.

Although I’m really happy, I feel really badly for the guys who didn’t make the show, because I know how that feels tonight. Strong drivers like Mordaunt, Maeng, and Aono, and great grassroots guys like Robinson, are licking their wounds tonight.

But I made the show! Thanks to Samuel Hubinette and the whole team for making it work, and having faith in me. NOS Energy, too, for letting me be here instead of the rally in Pennsylvania.

Now the downside: I have Tuerck in the first round. He’s a bit good, especially here. But anything can happen, and I’ll be wide open trying to give him a run for his money tomorrow.

Funny – I remember Dave Mirra, then a relative rookie to rally, drawing against me in a rounda at X Games a couple of years ago. He came up to me and said “go easy on me, eh?” Yeah, well, sure enough, we had him by several seconds by midcourse, but then I went and flipped end-over-end. Needless to say, Dave won.

So tomorrow, maybe I’ll tell Tuerck to go easy on me, eh?

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