CLINT BOWYER, DRIVER OF THE NO. 07 JACK DANIELS IMPALA SS, met with members of the media at Talladega Superspeedway and discussed what happened in the practice crash, going for two championships and more. TELL US WHAT HAPPENED OUT THERE. "Yeah...
CLINT BOWYER, DRIVER OF THE NO. 07 JACK DANIELS IMPALA SS, met with members of the media at Talladega Superspeedway and discussed what happened in the practice crash, going for two championships and more.
TELL US WHAT HAPPENED OUT THERE. "Yeah I think the No. 88 (Earnhardt Jr) tried to blow up, explode. We just got collected. I checked up and got ran into from behind. It's just one of those things about Talladega. You always have to live with your words. I was doing an interview earlier in the week, I'm like man you've got to try to look at this as a way to make up points coming into Talladega. It is a wild card, things happen here and if somebody does slip up and stub their toe you've got to be there and think. Problem is you're not supposed to be the one stubbing your toe."
YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WIN TWO CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS SEASON, PROBABLY YOUR BEST ONE AT THIS MOMENT MIGHT BE NATIONWIDE, CAN YOU TALK ABOUT IN YOUR SHORT TENURE IN NASCAR WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP SO SOON? "It would be awesome, any championship. I can remember winning my first championship on dirt. That's what we race for. We race to win races and a goal. If you were just out here to win races, why come every week? We're after championships at the end of the year and that's what we're paid to do and that's the goal. You set out the first race at Daytona, you do it to win championships. So far so good on the Nationwide side. Cup side, it's still a lot of racing left, a lot of obstacles to try to dodge and get through. Hadn't got off to the start we did last year but we know what it takes to compete inside this Chase. We're solid, we've just got to pick up our program and become better."
IS IT LESS OF A DISADVANTAGE TO GO TO A BACK-UP CAR HERE BECAUSE THIS ISN'T SO MUCH OF A HANDLING TRACK? "I think so. The only thing is that you spend all practice working on making your car suck up and draft well and things like that and then all of a sudden you have to rethink that. Kind of start from scratch, clean slate and start over. Didn't get much of a chance to really give it that honest effort there and see what our car got. Just got out there and made sure nothing was going to rub or anything like that. It's a long race. Still you have to buy your time here, be patient and do the things it takes to be there at the end."
WHAT ARE THE LAST 50 LAPS LIKE HERE? WHAT'S GOING ON INSIDE YOUR CAR AND HOW INTENSE DOES IT GET? "It's intense the whole time you're out there but it's all building up and there's a storm brewing out there, you can just feel it. It becomes more intense and more intense. I'd say the last 50 you're starting to think about it. The last 20 you are really inside the storm and that's just the way it is. It's exciting. It's intense. It's everything that you see on TV and in the grandstands, we're feeling it inside the car. It's wild. It's three and four wide. You're digging and it's intense."
ON THE NATIONWIDE SIDE ARE YOU SURPRISED THAT YOU'VE BEEN ABLE TO MAINTAIN AND KEEP SUCH A SIGNIFICANT LEAD THIS SEASON?
ALTHOUGH YOU HAVEN'T MADE AS MANY TRIPS TO VICTORY LANE AS YOU WOULD LIKE, YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY CONSISTENT. "Consistency wins championships. It always has and always will. Yeah, I would like to win more races. I've let two of them slip away. I haven't forgot about them and that's certainly something you have to live with and that's probably worse than running fifth or even having a devastating day and running 30th or something. When you give one away it's just something that burns inside of you. Like I said, I'm not racing that but for one reason and that's for one trophy. That one trophy that I don't have is the championship trophy in one of these elite divisions and that's what I'm racing in the Nationwide Series for."
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