Clint Bowyer, No. 07 Jack Daniel's Monte Carlo SS, met with members of the media at California Speedway and discussed the heat in California, his outlook on the next few races, what the team needs from the engine at California, the upcoming race...
Clint Bowyer, No. 07 Jack Daniel's Monte Carlo SS, met with members of the media at California Speedway and discussed the heat in California, his outlook on the next few races, what the team needs from the engine at California, the upcoming race at Richmond, his outlook for the Chase, why the drivers that are leading in points have led most of the laps, why leaders' cars get stronger towards the end of the race, passing at Bristol, pressure in the next few races and who the first person is who he calls after a race.
Select quotes from driver interview:
YOUR OUTLOOK ON THE NEXT FEW RACES: "I want to definitely stay where I'm at in the points if we can't move up. But I want to win. We need to get a win. I don't want to be the only guy in the Chase that hasn't won. If we are, certainly that isn't a bad thing. That isn't a bad problem to have but we just have got to pick it up. I think we can do it. Just the last month, month and a half we've had to be so conservative with everything we've done. Me in the race car, Gil (Martin) on the box, just everybody. The engine shop, everybody had to make sure that we didn't have any trouble and just got a solid finish. Now the focus isn't on 'we've just got to have a top 10 now, we've got to win'."
ON GETTING INTO THE CHASE "You're definitely not in. You're not in until they say you're mathematically in but things are definitely in our favor right now. Things are looking good and we can start to get back to racing. It's just so weird. I don't like racing like this. Having that pressure of having to have a solid run and 'we just need a top 10 for the next three or four weeks and then we'll be fine'. That's not the kind of racing that we're made of and it's not like we're doing anything completely different. When they gamble on that pit stop.when it would pay off and you know it would pay off, you just can't take that chance."
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