Martinsville: Bowyer - Friday media visit

CLINT BOWYER, NO. 07 BB&T IMPALA SS met with media and discussed the importance of brakes at Martinsville, his learning curve at Martinsville, the season to date, and more. ON COMING TO MARTINSVILLE, WHAT ARE YOU HOPING FOR THIS WEEKEND? "Big ...

CLINT BOWYER, NO. 07 BB&T IMPALA SS met with media and discussed the importance of brakes at Martinsville, his learning curve at Martinsville, the season to date, and more.

ON COMING TO MARTINSVILLE, WHAT ARE YOU HOPING FOR THIS WEEKEND? "Big things. Obviously I like this place. It's close to home. But this is an opportunity for me. This isn't one of my best race tracks. I'm just looking to capitalize on it. We keep getting better every time we come here. In practice I was probably the highest I've ever been at 17th, at least in the first practice. But we're inching in on it and I feel like this is a track that we have to improve on and we have room to improve. I'm looking forward to the opportunity."

HOW IMPORTANT ARE BRAKES AT MARTINSVILLE? "I'd hate to not have them (laughs). They're very important and that's something that we've all tested, especially on the 07 team. We've tested over the off-season a lot on our brake package. We felt like we was a little bit behind in that area and that's something we've put a lot of emphasis on over the winter to improve at tracks like Martinsville."

ON YOUR LAST THREE STARTS, YOU'VE FINISHED 1ST, 2ND, AND 3RD, AND I HAVEN'T SEEN YOU SMILE IN TWO WEEKS. WHAT'S IT GOING TO TAKE? "We've been having fun (laughs). Things have been going good. It's just once you get rained out in Victory Lane, Goodyear building in Bristol, it makes you want more. You're not happy unless you get that. I'm a racer and that's what you get paid to do. So, don't let me kid you. We're having fun and we're just trying to keep it up. When you run good, there is more pressure to keep it going. So I'm looking forward to it."

THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF TALK ABOUT RCR CATCHING UP WITH HMS. HOW CAN YOU CLOSE A GAP LIKE THAT? "It's just a lot of little things. It isn't one area. It's not like Kevin (Harvick) or Jeff (Burton) or I can pick up the pieces of the puzzle. Certainly we've worked harder to improve our game and try to be better. But it goes farther than that. We've had to improve in every area just a little bit. Our chassis had to be better. Our engineering had to be better. Our engines had to be better and drivers had to be better. You know, just everything. We were at a point where you couldn't pinpoint just one thing. We couldn't go to Richard (Childress) and say give us 30 more horsepower and we'll go out an dominate. That just wasn't going to happen."

DID YOU GET A SUPER LATE RIDE FIGURED OUT FOR 311 SPEEDWAY TONIGHT? "Man, I did. I got fired out of a feature win and two top fives. I was fired! That was a quote out of Days of Thunder (laughter). That's what I told Dillon. I had me a ride. My dirt boys are in Mississippi and headed to half of the world Outlaw race and I asked Shane McDowell who runs (Mike) Dillon's dirt deal, who is running Austin's car? He said nothing, let's go. Let's go to 311. And Dillon found out and fired me. That wasn't no good. Go ask him why I'm not racing 311 this weekend."

WHY DO YOU WANT TO TAKE A CHANCE AND GO DOWN THERE AND RACE? "Oh, it's just fun. Dirt racing is in my blood. That's what I love doing. And if you want to see a smile on my face, go over to the dirt track. I just love doing it. My driver and all the guys took the whole dirt program and they're off, so I guess this year if I'm going to race, I've got to go with them."

WITH A CAREER BEST FINISH OF NINTH AT MARTINSVILLE, DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE SLOWLY GETTING THIS DIALED IN A BIT MORE? "Yeah, a little bit. This is a track where I feel like we have room to improve, especially in the seat. I keep getting better and better as I come here. It always seems like I'm a slower learner at this place for some reason. Usually we start out with qualifying and practice here and we're terrible. We're a little bit better this time than we were last time. So if we can keep improving, then who knows? Maybe we can win one (laughs)."

CAN YOU SUM UP YOUR FIRST FIVE RACES? "We really got off to a rocky start. The Daytona 500 was going good. We were leading the 500 with 18 to go and just got wrecked. That's Daytona. But aside from that, California and Vegas were definitely not what we expected. Things just didn't work out and we learned a lot. Sometimes it takes a bad race like that to be able to build and learn from and that was certainly the case there."

-credit: gm racing

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