CLINT BOWYER, NO. 07 JACK DANIELS MONTE CARLO SS TALKED WITH MEDIA ABOUT TEAM IMPROVEMENTS, THE NEW TRACK SURFACE AT LAS VEGAS, AND MORE: HAS ANYTHING CHANGED FROM LAST YEAR TO THIS YEAR? "I don't think so. Most of those guys have been doing...
CLINT BOWYER, NO. 07 JACK DANIELS MONTE CARLO SS TALKED WITH MEDIA ABOUT TEAM IMPROVEMENTS, THE NEW TRACK SURFACE AT LAS VEGAS, AND MORE:
HAS ANYTHING CHANGED FROM LAST YEAR TO THIS YEAR? "I don't think so. Most of those guys have been doing this for a long time and it's no surprise to them winning, either one of them. So I think, especially Harvick, you know, a speedway race, he'd never won a plate race, and he shows up and wins both of them. When you're on a roll, you're on a roll and he's definitely on a roll."
HOW CLOSE DO YOU THINK YOU ARE TO A WIN THIS WEEKEND? "We're getting better and better, you know. I'm real excited about this season. I told the guys during the off-season that last year was a learning year and we learned and now it's time to get down to business and get our first win. We'll be in that shape. That's what we're working hard for. Chevrolet's been doing a good job, bringing me a good car and hopefully I can keep doing my job and my part of it - keeping it up front on the track."
HOW DIFFERENT IS YOUR STRATEGY WITH THE NEW FUEL CELLS, ETC. THIS WEEKEND COMPARED TO ATLANTA? "Well, there's going to be a lot more. a couple more things to go wrong. Pit stops - anytime you'll be making a lot more pit stops you're leaving the door open for mistakes and problems. You just need to make sure everybody's focused and concentrating on that."
PIT ROAD USED TO BE DIFFICULT TO ENTER. WITH THE CHANGES DO YOU THINK IT MAY NOW BE EASIER? "As far as the track, here it seems like it really sneaks up and it's there before you know it. That's going to be important. Especially green-flag pit stops. You can gain or lose two or three seconds in and out of the pits let alone from the good or bad pit stops. So the pits are going to be important and the green-flag runs are definitely going to be important."
WHAT DID YOU LEARN WHEN YOU GOT THE CAR YOU WRECKED AT BRISTOL BACK IN THE SHOP? "Well, we learned that it didn't hurt it as near as bad as we thought it did. We learned a lot while we were down there. It's amazing just how far the cars were off when we first got there to where they were when we left. I think we won't be disappointed."
DID IT ALMOST HELP TO WRECK IT IN A WAY? DID YOU GET SOMETHING OUT OF IT? "Well, you never want to wreck a race car by no means but I definitely think if you're going to then you've got to learn something from it."
DOES TURN ONE HERE BOTHER YOU? "Yeah. It seems like it keeps getting bumpier and bumpier and it upsets the car. It seems like you're fighting the car to make it do something it doesn't want to do down there. Turn 1 is definitely the key to this track right now and the cars that have it figured out will be the ones that prevail."
WAS IT SURPRISING TO YOU THAT A NEWLY-PAVED TRACK COULD BE THAT BUMPY? "It really was, but I tell you, it started at the test. The second, third day of the Cup test and then when we came back for the Busch test it was a lot bumpier. So by this time, by race weekend here you knew what to expect. But you've got to deal with it and you've got to make the best of it."
ARE THESE CARS GOING TOO FAST? "Well, they're not going nearly as fast as they were at the test. You know, the heat has got them slowing down a little bit but I don't know if that's worse because we're slipping and sliding around; a lot less control now."
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT COMING TO VEGAS AGAIN? "Well I wish we could just set a date without racing. We just all had to come out here and have fun, party and have a good time."
YOU COULD PUT UP WITH ANYTHING THAT MIGHT BE WRONG WITH THE TRACK? "This city has always been a blast for me to come to my whole life. My parents brought all three of us here when we were kids. A lot of memories and a lot of fun to be had here in Las Vegas and I enjoy coming here whether racing or not. It's a lot less fun when you're here racing; you're here for business and you've got to take care of that first."
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