Darlington: Bowyer post-qualifying interview

CLINT BOWYER , NO. 07 JACK DANIELS MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 3rd ON HIS RUN: "I was just holding on hoping for the best. No, this Jack Daniels crew has been doing a good job. Gil Martin (crew chief) and company do a good job preparing race...

CLINT BOWYER , NO. 07 JACK DANIELS MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 3rd

ON HIS RUN:

"I was just holding on hoping for the best. No, this Jack Daniels crew has been doing a good job. Gil Martin (crew chief) and company do a good job preparing race cars to come out here and race with. Everybody at RCR has been doing a good job. I'm proud to be leading the troops here so far."

WHAT'S THE CONDITION OF THE TRACK - PRETTY SLICK, VERY SLICK OR DARLINGTON SLICK?

"I can give you slick and pretty slick but Darlington slick, I've only been here once. It was slick. I think it was pretty slick earlier in practice but it was getting better towards the end. Our position where we went out was maybe a little bit of an advantage. Going out sixth in the Busch car is going to hurt us over there. It was a good lap for us none the less. I was able to get to the gas a lot quicker than I was in practice and that's always faster."

WHAT KIND OF EXPERIENCE HAVE YOU HAD ON THIS TRACK? HOW WERE YOU ABLE TO GET IN HERE YOUR FIRST TIME FOR A CUP RACE AND GO FAST?

"I ran a race last year in the Busch Series. It was a valuable experience. I can guarantee you need laps around this place. I think experience is key to this track. I learn something every time I go out there. It's kind of learning over again. It has been a year since we've been there. I was a little rusty when we first got there but we had a Busch practice under our belt. I didn't get to run as many laps as we wanted. We've been having spark issues at RCR. We've been dragging but we've got the cars raised up and I think they're going pretty good."

YOU RAN A COUPLE OF LAPS WITH NOBODY OUT THERE. HOW WILL IT TRANSLATE TOMORROW NIGHT AND YOUR EXPERIENCE FACTOR HERE?

"In race trim before everybody went to qualifying trim in practice, I think we were around a 10th place car. On a long run I think we were better than that. I think we were pretty darn sporty on all the long runs 10, 15 laps in especially. I'm excited about that and looking forward to a good happy hour coming up."

HOW IMPORTANT WILL TONIGHT'S RACE BE FOR YOU TO HAVE A GOOD RACE TOMORROW?

"I think it's very important. I think this is one track that Busch experience on the race track is really going to be helpful for me just learning how to pass, learning how to save your tires. Tires, tires, tires, it's always the issue here and being good on a long run. Those extra 150 laps on this race track are going to help you for tomorrow night."

-gm racing-

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