Richmond II: Bowyer - Friday media visit

Clint Bowyer, No. 07 Jack Daniel's Impala SS, met with members of the media and discussed if there's a bit of an All Star race mentality for tomorrow's Chevy Rock & Roll 400, if there will be a wild finish tomorrow, on being on the threshold of ...

Clint Bowyer, No. 07 Jack Daniel's Impala SS, met with members of the media and discussed if there's a bit of an All Star race mentality for tomorrow's Chevy Rock & Roll 400, if there will be a wild finish tomorrow, on being on the threshold of making his first Chase for the Championship, on racing motorcycles, his outlook on the Chase races, the impact of NASCAR's new generation race car on the Chase, open wheel drivers making the transition to NASCAR, on his mentality about getting his first win, if he looks back on races on what he might have done wrong, Kansas Speedway, on making the Chase in his second year and the challenges of New Hampshire.

Select quotes from driver interview:

WILL THIS RACE KIND OF HAVE AN ALL STAR RACE MENTALITY? "Well that's what's so much fun, being able to get all this pressure off of you. The last month and a half, two months we had to play that conservative approach because we were on the bubble of this Chase so much. I mean we couldn't afford to do anything. We had to be conservative with everything we did starting from the guys in the shop to the guys at the track and me in the race. So it's going to be a lot of fun to be able to go here, no pressure, run hard in practice and just do what we like doing and racing hard. I think our practice speeds have already shown that pressure being off. We were second fastest and everybody's got a little more pep in their step and having fun."

ON BEING ON THE THRESHOLD OF GETTING INTO THE CHASE FOR THE NEXTEL CUP FOR THE FIRST TIME: "That's what this series is all about, that's what you race this whole season for to get inside that Chase. Now that you are, now let the race begin. You got to pick the pace up and go after that championship. For us we're a top 10 team. We got to make that next step and turn the corner and become a top five team, start racing for wins and racing for this championship."

IN THE CHASE WHICH RACES ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO AND WHICH RACES ARE MOST CONCERNED ABOUT? "Tracks like this, I really love this race track at Richmond. Hopefully we can get a race won here and not be that odd man out with a victory. If we can't going to hometown, the third race of the Chase is Kansas. That's back home. New Hampshire's been a good track for us. Last year looking at our season, most of our good runs came within the last 10 races of the series so I'm really looking forward to these last 10 races and seeing what we got."

-credit: gm racing

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Clint Bowyer