Texas II: Pole winner interview

CLINT BOWYER, No. 46 Jack Daniels Silverado, Qualified 1st: ON QUALIFYING TONIGHT AND WINNING FIRST NCTS POLE: "There is a ton of grip right now, and is kind of uneventful right now, but I want to thank Morgan-Dollar Motorsports for giving us...

CLINT BOWYER, No. 46 Jack Daniels Silverado, Qualified 1st:

ON QUALIFYING TONIGHT AND WINNING FIRST NCTS POLE:

"There is a ton of grip right now, and is kind of uneventful right now, but I want to thank Morgan-Dollar Motorsports for giving us the opportunity, Chevrolet, and of course, Jack Daniel's. I think there might be some Toyotas out there that maybe could beat us for the pole, but that is just the battle, it isn't the war.

"Everyone know that Skinner can get around this place, how to make his truck be fast here. I think he has four poles or something, so to be able to knock him off and keep that record for at four, for now. It is a testament to this team, they are really strong, and I am fortunate to be in good equipment that makes your job a whole lot easier. It is so good to have those Chevrolet's up front, and the darn Toyota's in the back, where they belong.

"The guys told me the truck might bottom out so I just kept it off the line just a little bit. Everybody keeps telling me these horror stories about how these trucks get loose underneath people and I know this lunatic (Mike Skinner) (LAUGHS) that I am starting next to tomorrow on the front row with, so I am a little bit worried about the first corner, it could get a little bit busy. (LAUGHS)

"It was pretty uneventful, just hold it down and go around wide open, kind of like Daytona, qualifying anyway. Once we get going in the race, we will be drafting, things like that and things will pick up."

ON RUNNING ALL THREE RACES AT TMS THIS WEEKEND:

"Chevrolet called and offered the opportunity. I love this series, I love racing the trucks. This is a series I didn't get a chance to run coming up through the ranks. I like to be able to come here and hopefully get us a truck race win, hopefully here, if not sometime in the future. I like the series; there is a lot of cagey veterans in it that race very competitive.

"Mike Skinner that was like four poles he had here. Everybody knows he knows how to get around here and all these big tracks. The Toyotas have been strong but that there is a Chevrolet starting up front for the Chevy race is important."

ON DIFFERENCE OF NCTS VS CAR RACES THIS WEEKEND HERE AT TMS:

"Everybody has been telling me to watch the race from Atlanta. These trucks punch such a big hole in the air when they go around the track. They are aero dependant. They are basically shoe boxes out there racing and when a guy gets on the outside of you, he can get you loose, it does a lot of the time. You just have to be conscious of that. They draft so well, you can suck up on somebody and get underneath them and get yourself in trouble. You just have to figure that out. I have never run a truck on a big track, all my races, both races, have been on a short track so you don't really have to worry about those things. Looking forward to learning a little bit at the start. I think we have a good hot rod."

ON WHY HE LIKES THE TRUCKS:

"I just like them. They are a lot of fun to drive. You can get away with a lot of things you can't get away with in a Busch and Cup car. You can drive them hard and it seems like they like it. That is kind of my back ground coming from dirt modifies and stuff. The harder you drive them, the better they go. It seems like it is the same way with the trucks. It is a lot of fun to come race in this series. We have a lot of success this year. This is our third race, we led laps in both our other races. We had a really strong truck at New Hampshire and led a lot of laps at Martinsville. Morgan-Dollar Motorsports has got their act together, I am just fortunate to be able to get in a good truck."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner