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Definitely not the way to end the day at Watkins Glen

It was definitely not a good feeling for us at Watkins Glen when Bobby had that really hard wreck there.

We feel good about how all the safety equipment held up and did its job. Each wreck is so unique because there probably have never been two wrecks that have hit the same angle.

That was definitely a unique wreck -- it was a head-on impact and then the 22 [Dave Blaney] ran into the back of him. That's usually what you worry about when you see wrecks when there's more than one impact because with an aluminum seat, after the first impact, the seat can be bent in that direction, and then after another impact, it will try to bend it more.

Bobby got out of the car in a hurry.

It was a hard impact from the rear, so I think he thought that maybe fire was a concern.

He's a little sore. He was at the shop on Wednesday, and you could tell walking around at the shop that he was feeling it a little bit. Hopefully he will good by Sunday. The good thing is Michigan is a pretty forgiving track, so it's a good one to heal up at.

I grew up in the western part of the state, so Michigan does still feel like home. I just wish the track was closer to my hometown.

It's definitely nice to get home, but with the weekend schedule, it's virtually impossible to drive there and see everyone.

Some of them are able to get to the track to see me, so that's nice. I left Michigan in my early teen years, but I definitely have an interest in Michigan sports. That's something that sticks from when you're a kid. I like the Michigan football team; I like the Detroit Tigers. I follow them when I can.

Drivers do call Michigan one of their favorite tracks, and I can see why a driver would like it.

It's really wide. It's a really good track for passing. It's got some setup challenges for sure.

You try to get a good handle on it to have car work on the bottom and the top -- you need a forgiving setup for that. More than likely, it will be a fuel-mileage race.

We've been having a lot of practice at that. We tried a strategy at Watkins Glen to make it on two pit stops, but that didn't do us any good because everyone was on that strategy!

There's definitely been a lot more strategy in the pitting this season, so I've got to figure that Michigan will either come down to fuel mileage or watching the radar for rain.

Jeff Meendering is the first-year crew chief for the famed Petty Enterprises No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger driven by Bobby Labonte. Meendering takes ESPN.com readers inside his life on and off the track each week with the help of writer Angelique S. Chengelis.