“Jack is committed to NASCAR racing,” Yates said. “He loves two things besides his family; racing and flying airplanes. He is not planning to stop the racing part, anyway. I know that for a fact.”
But that’s not to say the younger Yates hasn’t thought about one day following in the footsteps of his father, legendary and now-retired NASCAR Sprint Cup team owner and engine builder Robert Yates.
“It’s flattering to hear my name out there (in the rumor mill) and if the right situation came along, I’d love to carry on what my dad started and what he accomplished,” Doug Yates told Moody.
“But right now, my focus is on building great engines for Ford Motor Company and making Ford and Roush proud,” Yates continued. “That’s what I’m going to try to stick with and be focused on in the near future. Jack Roush is not going anywhere.”
Roush will turn 73 in April. But at the same time, given how his Sprint Cup teams have struggled the last couple of years, Roush will likely not walk away from RFR until he rights the wayward ship, Yates said.
“One thing he’s not going to do is quit before he gets (RFR) back where he wants it,” Yates told Moody.
“A huge blessing for us there,” Tomac told host Mike Tirico during a “Lunch Talk Live” interview (click on the video above) in which he also joked about becoming a pro at busting off diaper changes. “That was one good blessing for us as we had our daughter on a Sunday, that would have been on a travel day coming back from the race in Las Vegas.
“That was probably the only positive out of all this mess was being able to be there for the birth.”
The elevation could favor Tomac, who was born and lives in Colorado and is accustomed to riding and training at altitude, which is a departure for many Supercross riders (many of whom hail from California and Florida).
“That’s going to be the test for us,” said the Kawasaki rider, who five of the first 10 races this season. “We’re at elevation in Salt Lake, so when you’re on a motorcycle, you have a little bit of a loss of power. That’s just what happens when you come up in elevation. And a lot of guys train at sea level, and we’re at 4,000 to 5,000 feet, so cardio-wise, we’ll be pushed to the limit.
“Most of our races are Saturday nights and back to back weeks, but this go around it’s Sunday and Wednesday, so recovery is going to be key.”
“Most of us we can rely on our past riding pretty well,” Tomac said. “The question is if you can go the distance. That’s what a lot of guys have to train on is going the distance. We go 20 minutes plus a lap. That’s what you’ve got to keep sharp is your general muscles. Within two to three days, your brain starts warming up more if you take a few weeks off the motorcycle.”
Here is the schedule and TV information for the rest of the season:
Sunday, May 31 (3-4 p.m. ET, NBCSN; 4-6 p.m. ET, NBC);
Wednesday, June 3 ( 10:00 pm – 1:00 am ET, NBCSN);
Sunday, June 7 (5-8:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
Wednesday, June 10 (7–10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
Sunday, June 14 (7-10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
Wednesday, June 17 (7-10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
Sunday, June 21 (3-4:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN; 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. ET, NBC).