Michigan II: Clint Bowyer preview

This Weekend's Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet Impala at Michigan International Speedway... Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis No. 315 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new Chevrolet Impala that...

This Weekend's Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet Impala at Michigan International Speedway... Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis No. 315 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new Chevrolet Impala that will be put through its first paces this weekend.

CLINT BOWYER QUOTES:

How much pressure is the No. 33 team feeling as the Chase gets closer? "The pressure is definitely there, but with the way our cars are running, we're still looking ahead. We took a hit in the points the last two races, but I'm not too worried just yet. There are still four races left, all at different tracks. So, there's a lot of racing left and plenty of time to get a lot of things accomplished. We just need to focus on each race, individually, and perform like we're capable of performing. Our finishes the last two races are not necessarily signs of how good are cars have run. We're better than those results and we just need to prove by finishing well the next few weeks."

Last time you went to Michigan you finished 22nd. Can you talk a little about what happened in June?

"Michigan has been one of those tracks that we've always run well at. We always have some ups and downs as far as crazy, off-the-wall things that happen to us. We had a top-ten run going last time, but we pitted while others stayed out. We ended up in the fence and had a horrible finish. You never know how these races will shake out. These multiple attempts at green-white-checkered allow guys to get two laps back, put tires on, race their way into the top ten and knock you out of the way in the process. There are a lot of things that are happening and you have to play your cards right throughout the whole race, not just half of it. If we can do that, we'll be successful."

Are you concerned about Michigan this weekend?

"You know, not really. Michigan is a track that we can run well at. We just have to get there, get a feel for our race set up in practice, lay down a solid lap in qualifying and be there at the end. I know we can get a good run there. We just have to go there and perform."

Will fuel mileage come into play at Michigan?

"With the way the cautions are coming out, we haven't seen anyone win on fuel strategy this year. If you think back to all the big tracks, fuel mileage always played into your race strategy. But, with the way things are shaking out this season, I just don't see that happening."

-source: rcr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Clint Bowyer
Teams Richard Childress Racing