CLINT BOWYER, DRIVER OF THE NO. 07 JACK DANIEL'S IMPALA SS, met with members of the media at Dover International Speedway and discussed how his weekend is going so far, racing for both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Championships, how his focus has...
CLINT BOWYER, DRIVER OF THE NO. 07 JACK DANIEL'S IMPALA SS, met with members of the media at Dover International Speedway and discussed how his weekend is going so far, racing for both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Championships, how his focus has changed now that the Chase has started and much more.
TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW THINGS HAVE GONE SO FAR TODAY, WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING AT THIS WEEKEND IN BOTH RACES AND AS FAR AS THE CHASE ITSELF HOW THINGS ARE LOOKING FOR YOU GUYS AFTER ONE RACE. "Yeah, so far so good. We had a good qualifying practice there. The car seems to be pretty fast, so excited about that. It's been a long time since we've qualified good with our cup cars so we've really been trying to focus on qualifying, getting ourselves qualified better so we can race better. We knew we had to pick our game up in this Chase and that's just one of the areas that we need to do that. So, looking forward to hopefully having a good lap here and starting toward the front of this thing. This is a good track for us. I really enjoy racing here at Dover. It's a lot of fun to race on. Very challenging and just a lot of fun so looking forward to the weekend."
DURING THE CHASE HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN YOUR SANITY AND NOT JUST COMPLETELY FREAK OUT AND CRACK AND GO POSTAL? "I hope that doesn't happen. It's fun to race and be a part of this Chase. You're so busy with racing and trying to win that championship you don't have time to focus or let any of those distractions come in. As a race car driver, staying focused on the task at hand I think it's a lot easier because of the exposure, because of the attention. Everything is all about that championship and nothing else you have time for."
ON KANSAS SPEEDWAY GETTING A CASINO. "I'm really excited about the announcement that they're bringing in the casino to Kansas Speedway. Obviously that's my home, that's where I call home and to see what Kansas Speedway has brought to that whole area with the legends shopping part, Great Wolfe Lodge, everything that's out there is because of Kansas Speedway. I think bringing in the casino is going to be another asset to an already awesome place to go. Looking forward to being a part of that and hopefully us staying there someday. I think it's going to be a lot of fun."
THE WAY KYLE (BUSCH) WENT LAST WEEK, DO YOU STILL CONSIDER HIM OR DID YOU EVER CONSIDER HIM THE FRONT RUNNER AND HAS THAT CHANGED JUST AFTER ONE RACE TO THE CHASE? "(Laughing) You guys have gave up on Kyle already? One bad week and you've dumped him. That was a bad week though. I felt bad for him. You know I think he's still going to be a front-runner. He's still going to run up front. Let's face it, he's a little bit of a time bomb but before the explosion it's as sure as a good ride."
CAN YOU THINK OF ANY TIME THAT YOU LOST YOUR COOL LAST SEASON AND MAYBE SAID SOME THINGS TO YOUR CREW MEMBERS THAT YOU REGRET? "About every week (laughing). Yeah, you've got to check your emotions at the door when you pull into
the tunnel at these places. It's a hard business to be a part of. It's very serious. There's a lot of pressure on everybody. They're going to fire back at you and you got to be able to take it. It's a family. You race with each other so much week in and week out throughout the year and you're together so much, you got to be able to take that and take it in stride and know they don't mean it and go on."
ON KYLE BUSCH GETTING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TIRE TEST AT ATLANTA THIS WEEK. "Didn't even know he did. I don't know. Whatever, I wish everybody would have been able to go to Atlanta rather than go to Charlotte this next week. Obviously we've been there and I think a tire test would have been a lot more appealing to go into Atlanta where we haven't been for a while."
TALK ABOUT MOMENTUM, S IS THERE A MIND GAME THAT GOES ON INSIDE YOURSELF WITH YOUR TEAM? "I definitely think so. I think confidence is a huge part of this sport. Definitely (Greg) Biffle has got that back and they're running good week in and week out and success breeds more of that, more of the same. So I think they're on a good wave ride here and hopefully they can ride it throughout the Chase like we did last year. You know we got that first win (last year) and that was our first win together ever, and that was just a huge sigh of relief. It was a huge momentum builder. Got the ball rolling and we were able to keep the ball rolling throughout the Chase. Aside from that it was just a huge boast of confidence and knowing that you've got the cape on when you go back the next week."
NOW THAT THE CHASE HAS STARTED, HOW YOU'RE FOCUS HAS CHANGED RUNNING FOR BOTH CHAMPIONSHIPS? "Obviously racing for two championships is a heck of an opportunity and you owe it to both teams to give one hundred percent. You get stretched pretty thin here but there's a lot going on. There's no way of getting around it. Where else can you go and race for two championships at this level and have the chance at it? Just looking forward to the opportunity and the challenge."
WOULD YOU PICK THE CHAMPIONSHIP OR WINNING AT KANSAS? WHICH WOULD BE A BIGGER DEAL FOR YOU? "Kansas would be fun, but sorry Kansas I'm going after the championship."
BUT IT WOULD BE CLOSE, RIGHT? "No (laughing). Kansas is one race, the championship is the whole year. That's what you work the whole year for, but can I win the next year at Kansas?"
IT'S UP TO YOU MAN, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO DO. "Well okay. I thought that you knew something that I didn't there, had a little inside scoop."
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