Ft. Worth, Tex (April 8, 2011) - With a third place qualifying effort, Clint Bowyer, No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet, will lead a contingent of 16 Chevrolets to the green flag at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) on Saturday night, April 9.
Three Team Chevy drivers posted times that placed them in the top-10 starters of the Samsung Mobile 500. Regan Smith, No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet, will start fifth in the 43-car field.
Five-time defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) champion Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet will roll off sixth for the 334-lap/501-mile race.
CLINT BOWYER, NO. 33 CHEERIOS/HAMBURGER HELPER CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 3RD:
ON HAVING A NEW CAR HERE AT TEXAS AND HIS LAP: "Actually, yesterday the air conditioner shorted out, 'bout burnt my head up (LAUGHS). Something happened, there was a little fire out of it. Real proud of Shane Wilson (crew chief) and all these guys on the Cheerios / Hamburger Chevrolet. Brought me a new hot rod. Fast. Looking forward to the race tomorrow night. I wasn't expecting that in qualifying. Richard (Childress, team owner) came on the radio there and told me 'Hey, Carl (Edwards) ran the outside, run right there in the middle. You need to try it.' I did and it was a pretty good lap so pretty excited about it."
"When I rolled down the back straightaway, I was surprised at how much sun was in turn three. Pretty excited about the lap. It was a good lap for us.
ON THE UNKNOWNS FOR THE NIGHT RACE: "That is going to be the toughest thing. There are a lot of unknowns tonight going into your lap, but now, going into the race tomorrow, we practiced in the heat of the day pretty much both days. Little bit nervous to see what is going to happen tomorrow night where we are going to start the race as far as chassis goes. Nonetheless, good lap. We'll be able to see the front from there."
Pretty excited about the lap. It was a good lap for us.
REGAN SMITH, NO. 78 FARMAMERICAN.ORG – QUALIFIED 5th
ARE YOU GOING TO STAY ON THIS POLE TODAY?
“I hope so. The guys with the Furniture Row Chevy did an awesome job. We’ve got Farm America on it this weekend and Agriculture Liquid Fertilizer; we’re excited to have that program. It’s a brand new car so I’ve got to thank the guys at the shop. They did an awesome job building it and the ECR engines have been great all year.”
WHY ARE YOU QUALIFYING SO WELL THIS YEAR?
“I have no clue (laughs). I don’t know but I’ll take it. I’m more excited about this car in race trim. I felt good about last week’s car. We had some problems with the brake rotor at the end of the race. This car here, just right off the truck is really good. So I’m excited about it.”
AH, YOU’RE STILL ON THE POLE RIGHT NOW (DURING & AFTER THE TV INTERVIEW)
“I guess I’d better walk away now!”
-source: team chevy