Darlington: Pole winner interview

Clint Bowyer, No. 07 Jack Daniel's Impala SS - Pole Winner ON RICHARD CHILDRESS BEING HERE FOR HIS FIRST BUD POLE: "Yeah, he probably wasn't too happy about that. Now I cost him a lot of money. He's got to get another car ready for the Bud...

Clint Bowyer, No. 07 Jack Daniel's Impala SS - Pole Winner

ON RICHARD CHILDRESS BEING HERE FOR HIS FIRST BUD POLE:

"Yeah, he probably wasn't too happy about that. Now I cost him a lot of money. He's got to get another car ready for the Bud Shootout. That's a good one to make him spend some money on."

ON HIS LAP AND HIS THOUGHTS HEADING INTO THE RACE:

"It was a really good lap, especially after practice. I got into the wall two or three times, actually three or four times and was a little bit nervous going into qualifying there. I didn't know quite how it was going be, it was a little bit free off of four coming to the green and I was like 'Oh boy, what do we do when we get down to turn one? Do you go for it or not?' Fortunately it stuck and we were able to go pretty good."

ON WHAT KIND OF RACE IT WILL BE TOMORROW NIGHT AND IF IT WILL BE EVEN MORE OF A BATTLE FOR SURVIVAL:

"I think so, definitely I think attrition is going to be huge. Being there at the end of this thing, if you can stay on the lead lap you're definitely probably going to be in the top 10, top 15. Starting position I think was important. I know going into these races track position is just so much. It's so hard to pass with these cars. If we can keep it up front and not have mistakes - I don't have any mistakes on the track, the guys in the pits don't have any mistakes - (then) I think we'll be just fine. I think we can ride for quite a while comfortably and hopefully keep it up front. I think that's going to be key for having a good finish here."

ON IT BEING HARD TO PASS, HOW MUCH OF IT IS THE RACE TRACK AND HOW MUCH OF IT IS THE CAR OF TOMORROW?

"I think the car has a little bit but they keep getting better and better. As we're learning more about them, the crew, Gil, he's got my car a lot better than our first race we had with these so I think that the racing will only get better as we learn more about these cars but then again just like you said this race track adds a lot of that. It's slipping and sliding around, it's up against the wall, it's hard to get underneath somebody especially deep into a run. I think there'll be a lot of give and take like there always is here but when we're butting heads out there on the race track I don't think it'll be too long before a caution comes out."

ON THE SIGNIFICANCE OF HIS FIRST CUP POLE:

"I think it's just important, being a part of the Bud Shootout and everything, that starts our year off. Trust me when you start the year off sitting watching everybody else race it's no fun. It's very important to me to get a pole and I know it was high on Gil's list to get himself a pole and get his team in the Bud Shootout, that's what it's all about. It is nice to start up front in a race but man I tell you it's a bummer to have to sit and watch that race on TV."

DO YOU FEEL LIKE RCR HAS CLOSED THE GAP WITH HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS AFTER THEY HAVE WON THE FIRST FOUR RACES WITH THE IMPALA SS? WAS HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME OR IS RCR MORE EQUAL COMPARED TO STARTING OUT?

"Well I don't think it's a matter of being at the right time when you got three or four of them up front like they have been. They just beat everybody to the punch a little bit. Everybody's playing catch up, us included and I think we're getting better and better. We're getting closer and closer to where we need to be, probably still not quite where we need to be but I think it's coming quick. Hopefully we'll be able to change that fact, the Hendrick deal at these Car of Tomorrow races tomorrow night. I got in the Bud Shootout now I got to get into the All Star race, maybe this will be the weekend that gets me in both of them."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Clint Bowyer