CLINT BOWYER, NO. BB&T IMPALA SS met with media and discussed changes at RCR, racing at Darlington, and more. TALK ABOUT YOUR APPROACH AT DARLINGTON RACEWAY "Well, Darlington has always been a learning curve for me. It seems like every time I...
CLINT BOWYER, NO. BB&T IMPALA SS met with media and discussed changes at RCR, racing at Darlington, and more.
TALK ABOUT YOUR APPROACH AT DARLINGTON RACEWAY "Well, Darlington has always been a learning curve for me. It seems like every time I come here I'm learning. I love this place. I enjoy it. I like the history and the tradition and everything about Darlington. It's just fun to come to. It's a very challenging race track and I'm looking forward to getting out there and seeing what we've got in practice and hopefully qualifying up front and having a good race. We need a good race to get things turned around. We've had about a month's worth of bad runs and I'm tired of it."
HOW DO YOU RATE DARLINGTON AMONG FAVORITES AS A TRACK WHERE DRIVERS HAVE MORE INPUT THAN JUST HOLDING IT DOWN ON THE FLOOR AN HOPING YOU DON'T GET IN THE BIG ONE? "As my favorite? Well, it's not one of the top five, I promise you that (laughs). But it's just a unique race track. It's a very challenging race track. It's a demanding race track. It's just so unique just from the standpoint of the line. There is not any race track where we run around the wall every lap. And that's the fastest way around. It's fun to get out there and practice and get that momentum and go up there by the wall and get the confidence built up. It seems like the first few laps you're a little bit worried about it and then you get comfortable and you get settled in and kind of get used to the place. So it's a lot of fun."
IS DOVER REALLY THE MONSTER THEY MAKE IT OUT TO BE? "I think it is. Dover is a race track where you've got to respect it. You get comfortable and the next thing you know you come off the corner and you're loose or you pushed up into the wall. The wall can come out and get you. Turn 1, you feel like you fall a couple of stories getting off into Turn 1 and the car can jump out from underneath of you. You've got to be up on your game. You've got to be up on the wheel at all times. If you ever let your guard down it can bite you in a hurry."
WHEN RICHARD CHILDRESS MADE THE CREW SWAP THAT WENT INTO EFFECT LAST WEEK, HE SAID HE DID IT TO STRENGTHEN THE ENTIRE ORGANIZATION. HOW CAN THAT ULTIMATELY HELP YOU? HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO START SEEING THE AFFECTS OF THAT? "It's no different than anything in life. If you have an organization, you have something within that organization that's not working well, it doesn't matter if everything else is going 100 percent, if something isn't, it's going to drag the rest of it down. I feel like having the organization running on all eight cylinders, you have it have it. With the competition as stout as it is today, there is o need to have a multi-car team if they're not all working well together. That's just a part of that package. I feel like the change that we made over the off-season was a positive and then this ultimately was another huge accomplishment. I think everybody is happy with it. It seems like everybody was ready for a fresh start and new faces. It really wasn't new faces, just learning.
"It's funny to see (crew chief) Todd Berrier over there with the Jack Daniels cars, and the guys in black now in Shell colors. They don't look near as tough anymore, I told them (laughs)."
ON THE HOT TEMPERATURES INSIDE THE CARS DURING THE RACE SATURDAY NIGHT "As long as it doesn't rain, I just think about Sunday (laughs). You can relax on Sunday and do whatever you want to do. It's funny, the first big heat wave of the season is always the one that was like, man, that was hot you know, but then you get used to it. It's no different than anything else. We get a day of practice in and I'm not looking for it to be a problem."
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