CLINT BOWYER, NO. 07 JACK DANIEL'S IMPALA SS, met with members of the media at Pocono Raceway and talked about the new asphalt in turn three, racing in general at Pocono, his contract extension with Richard Childress racing and other topics. DO...
CLINT BOWYER, NO. 07 JACK DANIEL'S IMPALA SS, met with members of the media at Pocono Raceway and talked about the new asphalt in turn three, racing in general at Pocono, his contract extension with Richard Childress racing and other topics.
DO YOU HAVE A PRETTY GOOD HANDLE ON WHAT TO EXPECT AT THIS TRACK SINCE YOU TESTED HERE LAST MONTH? "Yeah, it seems like it was just yesterday we were here. I think our Jack Daniels Chevrolet was pretty fast in the test. It didn't really show the speed, but we haven't had that speed in the first lap or so. The car handled fine, drove fine, so hopefully we are looking for big things."
WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON IF IT WILL BE A BORING RACE FOR FANS? "I think it will be the same ole Pocono. This is a big race track you know, we get stretched out a little bit but you have to stay focused, you have to stay honed in on the task at hand. The race always plays out pretty good."
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF KYLE BUSCH DOING THE TRIPLE RACE MARATHON THIS WEEKEND? "If I was running as good as Kyle is right now, I would be racing snowmobiles somewhere on my off days."
TALK ABOUT RACING AT ELDORA IN THE PRELUDE. "It is just an unbelievable experience. Tony (Stewart) does such a great job, my hats off to him for even getting that race in. When we flying in, every field around there was flooded, it was flooded everywhere and somehow he was able to work his tail off and get the track ready. I was watching him drive around the track and he was looking pretty wore out. I am glad he won his first time, I am very glad he won. Worked out good, it was a fun night. Everybody had a smile on their face. Anytime you can have that much fun and be able to help such a great cause that is so dear to our hearts, Victory Junction Gang Camp, it is pretty cool."
DO YOU THINK POCONO OWES YOU ONE AFTER A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO WHEN YOU HAD A GREAT CAR AND IT GOT A LITTLE HAIRY OUT THERE? "You put that stuff behind you, I mean, since then, we have gotten past that. It was a bad deal, unfortunate. But you have to be able to put that behind you and look forward at the big picture."
HOW DO YOU THINK THE PARTIAL PAVING IN TURN THREE CHANGED THE TRACK? "It changed it a lot. It is strange how they paved one eight-foot patch out there. The first day, I was looking at it out there and it is way out there, I thought, I should go up there and try that. I was telling Burton and Harvick, we went out to eat dinner that night; nobody was up there the first day. I said 'You know, I am going to try it up there, it is a long ways out there, but I think there is probably a ton of grip out there.' You are always loose and sliding around in three anyhow. The first lap on the track I look up and all three cars in front of me must have been thinking the same thing over night because we were all up there. I don't know what that is going to do as far as the race. You have to be on it, so, turn three is such an important corner to get down that long straightaway. We will see how it plays out.
"It may be a little single file down there, but is always was. Before you had to be right down there on the curve, right down on the bottom and have your car rotate, then you could drive up off underneath of them. I don't know if you are going to be able to get on that patch. It is kind of like a traction patch, you let your car rotate and drive straight up off. It is just a long sweeping corner and it is real slick. If you can get your car rotating right on the traction and drive straight across, you will be ok.
"You will slide out there in no-man's land across out there to it and then all of a sudden it is like Whoop, then you are stuck there. It is like a cushion on a dirt track. You jump the cushion and you are going to be in big trouble."
WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON YOUR NAME BEING TOSSED AROUND IN THE SILLY SEASON TALKS ABOUT WHO COULD MOVE WHERE? "Richard (Childress) exercised his option for '09 and we are just working on a long term deal right now. I don't know."
SO YOU ARE SET FOR NEXT YEAR RIGHT HERE? "As far as I am concerned, yes."
DO YOU THINK THIS STUFF STARTS EARLIER AND EARLIER EVERY YEAR? "I think that is probably the corporate sponsor side of it. Everybody wants to know where you are going to be as soon as can, I think the sponsors are paying a lot of money to be able to know where they are going to be and want to be there for a long time. It just takes so long to get a team put in place. Get the right driver, right crew chief, all that stuff in place. You need to get started as soon as you can."
ARE YOU HAPPY THAT THE OPTION WAS EXERCISED? "Yes, absolutely, yea, yea."
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF YOUR SPOTTER IN YOUR MIND? "I think a good spotter does a lot more than just high, low, clear. I think that is their job, that is all they have to do but you won't be a spotter of mine very long doing that. I think a spotter can give a lot of insight looking up. He has the bird's eye view looking down, he can see where cars are beating you. If there a car five cars behind you that is running the top and running 3/10ths faster than everybody, he should be on the radio saying hey, man, you have a little of an opening, try that outside, like the 29 is up there running fast or something like that. There is a lot to a spotter and you have spotters that just want to sit up there and call you clear on the inside, to me you can do a lot more than that."
IS GETTING A LONG TERM DEAL DONE WITH RCR, IS THAT SOMETHING YOU WANT? "Yes, absolutely. Nobody wants to shuffle around year to year, you want to know where you are at and know you that your team is underneath you and every thing's put in place for long term. Nobody wants to be bouncing back and forth and see the guys in the silly season year after year, that has to be torture. Not knowing where you are going to be and worrying about that all the time and trying to stay focused on the task at hand at the same time; I think that would be pretty tough."
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