Atlanta: Bowyer - Friday media visit

CLINT BOWYER, NO. 33 BB&T IMPALA SS, met with members of the media at Atlanta Motor Speedway and discussed start of the season, Martinsville Speedway and second place finish at Las Vegas. TALK ABOUT THE BEGINNING OF YOUR SEASON: "It has been a...

CLINT BOWYER, NO. 33 BB&T IMPALA SS, met with members of the media at Atlanta Motor Speedway and discussed start of the season, Martinsville Speedway and second place finish at Las Vegas.

TALK ABOUT THE BEGINNING OF YOUR SEASON: "It has been a good way to get the year started off with a new team Shane Wilson (crew chief) and everybody on the Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet have worked hard over the off season, like I say, building a team from scratch. Two top-fives already in the first three races I think speaks volumes to this team and its capabilities."

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR YOUR OFF WEEKEND? "I don't know yet, just whatever. Have fun and do whatever. That is what we don't ever we get to do is just whatever happens. That's the way it goes. Just looking forward to kicking back, relaxing and hanging out with the dirt guys and have some fun with them. Go watch them somewhere."

LOOKING AHEAD, HAS ANYTHING CHANGED AT MARTINSVILLE WITH THE TECHNOLOGY OF THIS CAR? "It is still good ole Martinsville, it will always be that way. You'll never be able to have enough brake there and enough bite, forward traction. I think those are the things you will fight there as long as I am racing there. Everybody likes that race track. It is unique, it is very challenging as a race car driver. It goes against everything that your natural tendencies tell you to do. You know, get in the corner harder, you have to back the corner up to be fast there. Let it roll around the corner longer, your tendencies are to pick up the gas earlier. Those are all things. If you can coach yourself and discipline yourself to do, you will be fast there."

HOW IMPORTANT WAS IT FOR THE ORGANIZATION TO HAVE SUCH A STRONG FINISH AT LAS VEGAS? "It was very important. California was, in our standards, a disaster. Our best car was ours at a 19th place finish, that doesn't cut it. To be Chase contenders and a Chase contending organization, we need better finishes than that, that is why we went out to Vegas early. Worked hard together, changed everything over, kinda back to where we used to run it and were able to get two good finishes out of Las Vegas. Casey had trouble, he had a flat tire and had some bad luck. Harvick got caught in the pits there and had some bad luck. I think for the most part, our speed was back headed in the right direction. We need ore of the same. I am not going to say we are there by any means, but it was a heck of a lot better than California."

DO YOU THINK AS A NEW TEAM YOU WERE UNDERESTIMATED OR OVERLOOKED AT THE START OF THE SEASON? "Yes, it is just fuel for the fire. Now when you read the magazine, they say 'He doesn't have his old team with him, he definitely won't be in the Chase this year, won't be contending for a championship. Every year they say that and every year we are there. Shane Wilson and all the guys on this team mean business; they are very good. They are very experienced, we have a lot of depth in this team within the No. 33 Chevy and I feel we will be just fine."

-credit: gm racing

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