CORNELIUS, N.C. — No. 15 5-hour ENEGY Toyota crew chief Brian Pattie says his team’s work in the upcoming races will pay dividends in the fall during NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup. His Michael Waltrip Racing team is third in points with 12 races remaining before the start of the Chase. He and driver Clint Bowyer plan to win this weekend at Michigan International Speedway, but improving their car’s speed and handling will also be important. Nobody has scored more points in the last two seasons at MIS than Bowyer who seeks his fifth consecutive top-10 finish at the 2-mile oval.
ON FUEL MILEAGE: “I love fuel mileage racing, so I hope this race turns into one. (Laughs). It is what it is. We go through practice and try to get the car the best we can and try to figure out the strategy during the race. If it works out – it works out. If it turns out like that I’d be good with it. My favorite part of the fuel mileage races is out smarting the other guys. It is something that you have to work with your driver on. It’s some strategy and some technique – and those two things have to work together to make it happen.”
WOULD YOU GAMBLE TO WIN A FUEL MILEAGE RACE?: “Probably not. I’m not a risk taker. I’m not a huge risk taker. At Sonoma last year that wasn’t a risk – we had a fast car and it worked out. If Richmond and Charlotte would have been in the spring last year instead of the fall I would not have done the same thing – it just wasn’t time. So right now I don’t think we need to take that risk.”
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