Clint Bowyer, No. 07 Jack Daniels Impala SS, met with media members Bristol Motor Speedway and discussed the new Bristol surface, tomorrow night's race, California race and Jacques Villeneuve coming to NASCAR. Select quotes from driver ...
Clint Bowyer, No. 07 Jack Daniels Impala SS, met with media members Bristol Motor Speedway and discussed the new Bristol surface, tomorrow night's race, California race and Jacques Villeneuve coming to NASCAR.
Select quotes from driver interview
ON NEW SURFACE ON BRISTOL: "I think it will be good. We saw in the truck race, they were moving around quite a bit. The Cup cars are running a lot higher, I know I was, there is a lot of grip up there. I am looking forward to the race. The middle is still going to be the place to be. I think it is still going to be a little bit a little difficult to pass, but it the good cars are still going to go to the front and prevail."
"They did a really job. I like the transitions. They made them a little more gradual, it is enabling us to run a lot higher than we have in the past and still carry the same speed. Looking forward to a good Busch race tonight and a good Cup race tomorrow night."
ON UPCOMING RACE AT CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY: "California has been a good race track for us, I am looking forward to getting out there. We have a good car that we are going out there with. We have a lot of confidence going in there.
ON GOALS FOR THE CHASE: "Obviously, we are here right now to win at Bristol. We have to do everything we can to do that. We need to secure a good finish; I know we can do that. We have a good car. Practice went well. Just have to stay out of trouble here, trouble can find you pretty easy here. You can't go out there and play defense and just try to stay out of trouble because you will end up being in it. You just have to go out there and race hard. If something happens, it happens. I know we will be able to do race hard here and at California. That is probably the best thing; I know the last two races before the Chase are good tracks for us. We should be good here."
ON WHERE HE IS SITTING IN THE POINTS RIGHT NOW: "As long as we keep doing what we are doing, top-10s or top-15s on the outside, they can't catch us. If we scratch, break or something like that, they win and we have a 40th place finish, they will catch us pretty quick. We just have to stay focused and honed in on what we can control. If we do that, we will be just fine."
ON RACING AT BRISTOL BEING NERVEWRACKING: "Well, yes, but a good thing about a place like this is that anything can happen. You can't control some of the things. You can be caught up in somebody else's wreck pretty easy, there is just no room to get out of trouble, but I Page 23 am not worried about it. That stuff happens, and if it does happen, we will race hard, we still be part of the Chase."
ON BEING MORE FUN THAN ROOKIE SEASON: "It has been a lot more fun. I am still learning every week. Definitely, I have found myself in some situations where were a little bit unfamiliar but nonetheless, I have a good team behind me, everything is going well and we are having fun this year. So you have to get that first year in and then tie up the to-do list until then, we just have to get into shape. That is what this Series is all about. That is the biggest part of our year."
ON BEING AMAZED THAT IT WASN'T THAT LONG AGO WAS RACING WITH MARTIN IN THE BUSCH SERIES FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP AND NOW IN THE CHASE LOOKING AT RACING FOR THE CUP CHAMPIONSHIP: "Martin and I are good friends ever since our battling days in the Busch Series. I have a lot of respect for him. We always race each other hard. It is kind of funny, here we are racing each other to get a spot in the Chase."
ON JACQUES VILLENEUVE COMING TO NASCAR: "That just tells you how prestigious our sport is. It is such a huge sport and everybody wants to be a part of it no matter what form of racing they have done before. Whether it is late model dirt cars down the road at Bull's Gap last night or Formula One like you are talking about. This is the cream of the crop, the top of the ladder. "
ON NASCAR BEING POPULAR IN EUROPE: "We certainly appreciate them watching us and staying tuned in. That just shows how big this sport is getting. (LAUGHS) I hope that doesn't mean we have to go over there and race. "
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