Daytona II: Bowyer - Thursday media visit

CLINT BOWYER, NO. 07 JACK DANIELS IMPALA SS met with media and discussed contract renewal with RCR, superstitions and more. WAS THERE ANY THOUGHT ABOUT GOING ANYWHERE ELSE OR WERE YOU COURTED BY ANYBODY ELSE BEFORE RESIGNING WITH RICHARD ...

CLINT BOWYER, NO. 07 JACK DANIELS IMPALA SS met with media and discussed contract renewal with RCR, superstitions and more.

WAS THERE ANY THOUGHT ABOUT GOING ANYWHERE ELSE OR WERE YOU COURTED BY ANYBODY ELSE BEFORE RESIGNING WITH RICHARD (CHILDRESS)? "That's a very, very unfamiliar situation with me. You owe your whole livelihood right now to Richard Childress, everything that's happened to you, everything that's become of you in the last four or five years since I've been at RCR and been a part of this sport to that man in particular. All of a sudden your contract is up and you have people calling that you never would have dreamed in a million years would express interest in you. That's a hard situation to go through not only for myself but for my family and everything else. You owe it to Richard to always stay there and be behind him because he took a chance on you and nobody else would but you owe it to yourself to see what's out there, see what the options are for you and try to better your program as much as you can. You don't have a long time in this sport and as the old saying goes you gotta make hey while the sun is shining and I think that's certainly the case. Very glad that I'm still at RCR, very gratifying to go through and have the offers that came across the table but like I say I think we have a good thing going at RCR. They're very good people. They treat you like family there. Richard has always taken me under his wing and treated me like a son. My teammates, Kevin (Harvick) and Jeff Burton have been great. Looking forward to the next addition with the fourth driver. Anxious as you are to see who it's going to be. How they're going to help our program."

JUST TO CLARIFY, HE PICKED UP THE OPTION FOR ONE MORE YEAR BUT HAVE YOU SIGNED ANYTHING LONG-TERM OTHER THAN THE OPTION? "Yeah."

YOU SIGNED A THREE-YEAR DEAL WITH HIM? "Yep."

DO YOU THINK THERE'S GOING TO BE A LOT OF SHUFFLING BACK IN FORTH IN THE LEAD HERE WITH THIS CAR? "I think so. Daytona has always been a very fun plate type of racing for me. You have Daytona and Talladega obviously for restrictor-plate racing, but to separate the two, I mean Talladega is so all about drafting where Daytona because of the character the old girl you're slipping and sliding around. You're having fun out there and you got to make your car handle and you got to pick and choose your battles a lot more than say Talladega where if you got a fast car you're going to be at the front. You're going to push them out of your way anyway. This place, by the end of a long run you're lifting, you're changing your line up a little bit and timing where you catch cars because when you come off right in their wake you could be in the fence off of two. I think it just adds a little more element to the race and it's a little bit more of a challenge."

ARE YOU A SUPERSTITIOUS GUY? DO YOU HAVE ANY RITUALS YOU GO THROUGH BEFORE THE RACES? "I am but I've pretty much exercised everything you can think of. We race so much and do so many things whether I'm racing dirt cars during the week or my Nationwide car or my Cup car you run out of options. I tell you for whatever reason, if I find a penny heads up on race day things have always went well and that's the truth. That's the last good thing I've got going in this superstitious world so don't be throwing pennies in front of me, don't be jinxing me. They got to be legit."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton