when asked about today's race he said the following
“I never felt I lost my savvy here, or my mojo. I feel like we'll have a good race and if we make the right moves, we'll be up there again, trying to win.”
That favorable opinion of Johnson's also got Earnhardt thinking.
"I maybe feel the same way because when you come to Daytona and Talladega, the cars are so equal," Earnhardt said. "And even though pack racing definitely puts more in your hands and you definitely control your own destiny more when you're just dealing with yourself and looking for No. 1 and being greedy and selfish, there still are so many things that can happen.
"Somebody could get the right push and do the right thing at the right time and win the race, and there's nothing you can do about it. It's a lottery, really. I've said that before, but it really is when you come to Daytona and Talladega, trying to win these races.
It's a lottery Earnhardt hasn't won on the Cup side since 2004, even though he still carries the stout restrictor-plate reputation. He's well aware of that statistic, as well.
"We've always at some point been up front and running well. I haven't had a race since 2004 where I didn't feel like I knew what I was doing or I was making bad decisions or I was completely lost," Earnhardt said. "I never felt I lost my savvy here, or my mojo. I feel like we'll have a good race and if we make the right moves, we'll be up there again, trying to win."
But then, he's starting to feel that confident every week -- no matter what the type of track.
nascar is at talledega this weekend and the sprint cup race starts at 12:30 est