CLINT BOWYER, No. 33 BB&T Impala SS, met with members of the media at Atlanta Motor Speedway and discussed the pressure of making the Chase, racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway and other topics. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE CHASE?: "We're still...
CLINT BOWYER, No. 33 BB&T Impala SS, met with members of the media at Atlanta Motor Speedway and discussed the pressure of making the Chase, racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway and other topics.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE CHASE?: "We're still not out of this thing. We're still on top of the board and still doing the things we're supposed to be doing. Our cars are running way better, we're having fun. Whether we're in this Chase or not, I think we're going to have a shot at winning one of these Chase races by the end of the year. That will cap off a good season for us. The guys have worked extremely hard this year. Coming with a brand new race team -- Shane Wilson (crew chief) and all these guys on this car have worked really hard this year and I'm proud of all of them."
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF RACING AT ATLANTA AND RICHMOND?: "Both of these tracks are good tracks for us. Atlanta, we have had four sixth-place finishes in the last five races here. We certainly know how to get around this place. The tires is a little bit different and kind of throwing everybody for a loop a little bit I think. The night race is going to be a factor, but Richmond -- the last race before the Chase, I watched Jeremy Mayfield win his way into the Chase a few years back and don't think I haven't forgotten about it."
DO YOU FEEL LIKE THERE IS PRESSURE TO RUN AS HARD AS YOU CAN FOR THESE FINAL TWO RACES BEFORE THE CHASE?: "In the situation we're in, as far as the Chase goes, it's full speed ahead. We take every chance we can, throw the 'Hale Mary's' and hopefully you come up with it. Like I said, I'm proud of our guys, we've worked really hard this year. We've overcome a lot this year. We've been behind and I feel like we're starting to hit our stride. Maybe a little too late, but nonetheless I think we can win a race before the end of the year."
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR CAR?: "I think it's good. It's doing the things we need it to do. It's turning good. You're bouncing between too loose and too tight. We're fine-tuning from there, but we'll get to the race and see what we've got. Nobody knows what they've got. We're sitting here practicing during the daylight, the sun's beating down on the race track and it got really, really slick and everybody started slipping and sliding around. All of the sudden everybody was worrying about their cars. Night is going to play a big factor in that and you are just going to have to have a lot of adjustability built into your race car and be ready to adjust if you need to."
HOW WILL THE RESTRUCTURING AT RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING AFFECT YOU?: "I'm excited about it. It's been a long time coming. Richard (Childress) -- he's carried the load for a long time. It keeps getting bigger and bigger, adding more people, more personnel and he's still taking the load on himself. I think I'm proud of him for putting the right people in place and giving our company some depth and some organization. I feel like it's really going to help ease some load off of him, some tension off of him and ultimately will help our performance on race day."
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