Daytona II: Bowyer - Thursday media visit

Clint Bowyer, No. 07 Jack Daniels Monte Carlo SS, met with members of the media at Daytona International Speedway. He discussed the difference between racing here in July and February, racing the Monte Carlo SS here for the last time, what stands...

Clint Bowyer, No. 07 Jack Daniels Monte Carlo SS, met with members of the media at Daytona International Speedway. He discussed the difference between racing here in July and February, racing the Monte Carlo SS here for the last time, what stands out about racing in Chicago and other topics.

ON RACING HERE IN JULY VERSUS FEBRUARY: "It's a little darker (laughs). It's the same thing. I think the handling characteristics might be a little bit different but not really. The track is wearing out and as it does I think handling is becoming more and more of an issue. We just got done with Busch practice and it's plowing worse than it did when we were here in February so definitely a lot tighter. So we'll just have to see. That was the same race car but you never know. The fenders might have been different. You never know what was different. We'll go out here, got a brand new race car, so we've got to shake it down and see what we got. That's the biggest thing. Got to go out there and put it in some situations and see how it likes it."

WHO ARE THE DRIVERS TO BEAT TO THIS WEEKEND? "It's never any surprises. The guys that win the races. Jeff Gordon's won a bunch. Tony Stewart's won a bunch. Those are going to be the guys you'll have to beat. When it comes down to it the guys that run up front. It's never any surprises."

ON WHAT STAND OUTS ABOUT RACING AT CHICAGO: "Chicago is an important race track for me because it's so close to my home track and Kansas Speedway. Usually if you run good at Chicago it's a pretty good sign you're going to run good at Kansas and that's important."

ON IF HE NOTICED ANY DIFFERENCE IN THE BUSCH ENGINE: "It ran good. The Busch car ran good. It's just really, really tight. My straightaway handling was good if that tells you anything. It wasn't a big difference. Our Busch cars have always run really good down here and I've got close to winning, we just haven't been able to get it done. I'm proud of everybody at RCR. They've been working hard. Our engine program has really picked up and just trying to get my first win on a plate track. I really enjoy this type of racing and hopefully I can get it this weekend."

ON THIS RACE BEING THE LAST HERE FOR THE MONTE CARLO SS: "It's the only thing I've ever driven on a superspeedway so I've always liked it. It's been good to me so hopefully the Car of Tomorrow will be equally as good. We've been running good in our Car of Tomorrow races. I've got a good crew, good crew chief, good sponsor. You can't ask for a better package than I got. We got all the pieces of the puzzle and we got to put them together."

WILL YOU RACE ANY DIFFERENT KNOWING YOU WON'T BE THIS CAR BACK HERE: (Laughs) "No, you still got to get to the end. Maybe the last hundred feet if you're going for the win I guess you can afford to pile it up but nonetheless you don't want to tear these cars up just because it's the last one we'll ever use. It wasn't from lack of effort. It wasn't like they put any less effort in it as the other cars. Like I said it's a brand new race car. We've got to get out there and see what it's got. I know Gil (Martin) and everybody's been working their tails off on it and hopefully it should be a fast hot rod."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Clint Bowyer