CLINT BOWYER, DRIVER OF THE NO. 07 JACK DANIELS IMPALA SS, met with members of the media at Lowe's Motor Speedway and talked about Saturday's race, going back to New Hampshire, how his car was in practice and much more. ON SATURDAY'S RACE. ...
CLINT BOWYER, DRIVER OF THE NO. 07 JACK DANIELS IMPALA SS, met with members of the media at Lowe's Motor Speedway and talked about Saturday's race, going back to New Hampshire, how his car was in practice and much more.
ON SATURDAY'S RACE. "It's a fun way of racing. It's something we don't get a chance to do very often and I'm excited about it."
DOES IT MEAN A LOT TO YOUR CREW AS WELL? "This is a big week. It's a neat week. It's obviously coming back home for everybody being close to home. They did the pit crew challenge last night. It puts them guys in the spotlight. People at home they see us drivers all the time, they don't see those guys, what they go through and I was really glad that we were a part of that. It's something that they reach out and give a little back to some of those guys. Really a neat week. Obviously the All-Star event, get to bring all the crew out in driver intros and team intros. So everybody gets a little taste of the spotlight this week."
HAVE YOU GOT NEW HAMPSHIRE CIRCLED? ARE YOU READY TO GET BACK TO THAT PLACE? "I am. I've kind of been thinking about it a little bit but there's no guarantees you're gonna go back there and even be fast at all. So many things have changed. Everybody's kind of had a lot more races on this car now to figure things out. Hopefully we will go back and be every bit as dominate as we were that day but none the less it's always a special track for me to get my first win there."
ON HOW THE CAR WAS IN PRACTICE. "It was good. We made a lot of changes. We had two different set-ups that Gil (Martin) really wanted to try for this race. Unfortunately it took a long time to put the one in, it didn't work so we had to go back to what we had and it just took a long time. It took most of practice just kind of bouncing back and forth between set-ups but we got some laps in race trim. The car was fairly consistent. Made an attempt at a qualifying lap and it was okay as well. Qualifying is quite a bit different here tonight, so looking forward to the challenge."
THIS IS YOUR FIRST ALL-STAR THAT YOU ARE NOT TRYING TO RACE YOUR WAY INTO, IS THAT A COMFORTING FEELING? "That qualifying race is always a wild one and I just assume not be a part of it."
ON HIS EMOTIONS GOING INTO THE ALL-STAR RACE. "It's a big deal. It's a neat week like I was saying just a minute ago. It's a neat week for everybody. It's not just the drivers this time. The crew gets in the spotlight with their pit crew challenge last night, they get to go in driver intros. It's more of a team aspect especially on t.v. and media coverage-wise, they get a little piece of the spot light. A lot of fun this week, obviously a big prize at the end of the day. Hopefully we'll be on top."
DO YOU SEE YOURSELF DRIVING ANY DIFFERENT ON SATURDAY NIGHT? "I mean, you know it's a million to win. That's a lot of cash."
WHAT DIFFERENCE OF A DYNAMIC IS IT RACING WITH GUYS LIKE DALE JARRETT AND RUSTY WALLACE? THIS IS DALE JARRETT'S LAST RACE, HOW DIFFERENT IS THE DYNAMIC OF THIS RACE BOTH ON THE TRACK AND IN THE GARAGE? "You know it's sad to see those guys go. Those are guys that paved the way for younger drivers like myself to have a sport to race in, especially a sport with the magnitude of NASCAR. Without those guys this sport wouldn't be what it is today. We owe a lot to them and obviously as another fellow driver proud of what they've been able to accomplish. It's been a pleasure and treat to be able to learn from them and race against them."
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