Texas II: Race winner interview

CLINT BOWYER , No. 46 Jack Daniels Silverado, Qualified 1st, Finished 1st: "It was fun out there tonight. The Jack Daniels Chevy Silverado was really good. I just had a lot of fun. Our strong all weekend in the corners. We were really strong in...

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

"It was fun out there tonight. The Jack Daniels Chevy Silverado was really good. I just had a lot of fun. Our strong all weekend in the corners. We were really strong in the corners. Those Toyotas have a lot of horsepower but our Richard Childress Racing (RCR) in our Silverado was really strong. On a long run, I could hold it open all the way around. Clean air was very important. On that one restart, he kind of snookered me on the start, I was really expecting it. You just have to block those things for a couple of laps. Once the handling would come in, we were able to drive away from all them it.

"He (Mike Skinner) was pushing me pretty hard there. I wasn't going to give him the bottom but I gave him plenty of real estate up top. I guess he didn't want to go to the outside, I guess the grass was a better option."

On Toyota in the Truck Series and Motorsports:

"I don't think they will be successful right off the bat, but this business is all about people, and it is going to take them a while to get the right people put in place to get the job done. That is their strong point right now; they obviously have their engineering, drivers, and good crew chiefs and crews in the pits. That is what it takes; it is a total team effort once you get into this caliber of racing. I think there will be some growing pains, but I think definitely think that in two or three years, just like they are here, they will be a force to be reckoned with. I think it is good for our sport to let them in."

On how much win will carry over to the remainder of the weekend:

"I think a lot. I was a little bit worried as to what to expect when I got here, but the Morgan-Dollar Motorsports truck was really strong right off the bat and I couldn't have been happier with the way they conducted themselves and the way that the truck was prepared to go to battle. Going into tomorrow's race and Sunday, it is just momentum, and a confidence booster for the rest of the weekend. Make them boys in that Busch and Cup program step it up."

On blocking during race:

"Just the way these trucks draft was fun to race. They are a lot of fun when they are out front, obviously. They were just able to get some help, but he would suck up on me, and there wasn't much I could do about it but block. The bottom was definitely the fastest way around, and once you got up high, you just lost grip. There just wasn't much grip out there, but I think we will see that open up for Sunday's race. For the truck race tonight, the bottom was where it was at and I wasn't about to give up the bottom. I thought I left plenty of real estate at the top, but he just didn't elect to try it."

On why Skinner was upset about blocking:

"I am sure he was frustrated, but like I said, there was six inches on the bottom, and sixty feet on the top."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner
Teams Richard Childress Racing