CLINT BOWYER, NO. 07 JACK DANIELS IMPALA SS met with media and discussed, practice, what he expects for the race on Sunday, adding a fourth team at RCR, the new race car on the 1.5-mile track, and more. HOW WAS PRACTICE? "Good, good. I'm looking...
CLINT BOWYER, NO. 07 JACK DANIELS IMPALA SS met with media and discussed, practice, what he expects for the race on Sunday, adding a fourth team at RCR, the new race car on the 1.5-mile track, and more.
HOW WAS PRACTICE? "Good, good. I'm looking forward to the race. I think we've got a good Jack Daniels Chevrolet. Our draw was not the best for qualifying but we're going to put a good lap down and try our best and start wherever we land."
WILL THE CONDITIONS AT THE 1.5-MILE TRACK HERE AT TEXAS BE BETTER THAN THEY WERE AT ATLANTA A COUPLE WEEKS AGO? "I think a lot of things are different. Obviously the track is the number one thing that's different. I'm looking forward to it. I think we'll be just fine and put on a good race for the fans."
DO YOU ANTICIPATE ANY TIRE ISSUES ON SUNDAY? "No, we came here and did the tire test and we've got all the confidence in the world in Goodyear and the tire they've brought and we're going to be just fine."
GOING BACK TO THE FLAT ONE-MILER AT PHOENIX WITH THE NEW CAR, A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY IT'S THE PERFECT ONE-MILE TRACK. DO YOU AGREE? "I love the place. We won a Busch race there and I'm looking forward to going back there and seeing what we've got. I love racing there. It's awesome. You kind of control your destiny at a place like Phoenix."
HOW WILL THIS TRACK BE ON SUNDAY IF IT'S 80 DEGREES AND SUNNY? "It'll be hot and slick and a handful and it'll be everything you want as a race car driver."
ON RCR TEAMMATES JEFF BURTON AND KEVIN HARVICK BEING ONE-TWO IN THE POINTS "We got off to a little more of a rocky start than Kevin and Jeff. But, I think the last few races we've kind of caught our stride. So, I'm looking forward to the rest of the season.
ON HAVING A FOURTH TEAM AT RCR NEXT YEAR, WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT THE HEALTH AND WEALTH OF THE ORGANIZATION? "Yeah, I'm looking forward to that. I think we've got to do our homework. It's going to be beneficial financially to us and resource-wise having an extra team. A lot of good things are going to come out of that. We've got to use our heads and get a good driver/crew chief combination that will fit in well with the program we've got going on. I'm looking forward to it."
WITH HENDRICK HAVING FOUR TEAMS ALREADY AND ROUSH HAVING FIVE, HAVE YOU FELT THE NEED TO HAVE THAT FOURTH TEAM TO SHARE INFORMATION WITH? "Yeah, that's certainly the case. It's just more resources to pull from and that's got to be a good thing."
DURING PRACTICE, DID YOU DO A LOT OF WORK IN RACE TRIM? "No, we were in qualifying trim the whole time."
DO YOU THINK WE WILL SEE A STEP BACK BEFORE WE SEE A STEP UP WITH THE NEW RACE CAR ON THE 1.5-MILE TRACKS? "Only time will tell. I think that could possibly be something. That's something that was definitely different. You know with Atlanta, it's a race track where you race all over the place and we were stuck on the bottom all day long. Some of us want to blame it on the tire but I feel like the car has a little bit of responsibility there as well. So, only time will tell. By the end of the race, we'll know for sure."
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON RCR ADDING A FOURTH TEAM? "I'm excited about it. I think it's going to be a good thing. It's obviously a wonderful sponsor and it's smart financial help to support our cause and resources and everything else to pull from. It's definitely a good thing."
ANY SPECULATION ON WHO IS GOING TO DRIVE IT? "I don't know."
IS THERE ANY DISTRACTION FOR YOU TOMORROW WITH KANSAS IN THE FINAL FOUR? "No (laughs). Hopefully we'll be racing fast so we can get out there and watch them boys."
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