Clint Bowyer, No. 07 DIRECTV Impala SS chats with media on his expectations for Richmond, his season so far, the Impala SS and other subjects: WHAT DO YOU EXPECT WITH THE NEW RACE CAR HERE? "I think we're pretty good. I think it's going to be...
Clint Bowyer, No. 07 DIRECTV Impala SS chats with media on his expectations for Richmond, his season so far, the Impala SS and other subjects:
WHAT DO YOU EXPECT WITH THE NEW RACE CAR HERE? "I think we're pretty good. I think it's going to be the same old thing. It's going to be hard to rotate to center and brakes are going to be an issue. I think we're a little bit better than we were at Phoenix hopefully and it should be good."
ON JEFF GORDON'S SUCCESS? "They've done their homework. They've worked a little bit harder right now and we're digging deep to try and catch up to them. You've got to make the best of the situation and try to beat them."
DO YOU SEE THE NEXT MONTH BEING THE TIME WHERE YOU CAN REALLY MAKE SOME GAINS IN THE STANDINGS? "Oh yeah. I think it's going to make or break it. It's an important month especially with the new car. The teams have struggled with it; you're going to gain big on it. It seems like they bomb out or you run good with these things. It's hard to have a happy medium. We're just focused hard on this next month and trying to be as good as we can."
ARE YOU PLEASED WITH YOUR SEASON? "We're definitely happy with where we are at. We struggled the last two or three weeks there and we're just trying to get things turned back around where we can get back into the swing of things where we belong. Just kind of had a bad run here these last few weeks and trying to get things turned around."
DO YOU FEEL LIKE A BIG PART OF RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING'S REVIVAL? "I was here when they were struggling. I cant forget about that. I was just in the Busch cars. I'm definitely happy about the situation I'm in; I think I've got a good group of guys backing me on the Jack Daniel's car. I've got good teammates and good engineering and just a good total package right now. Richard's really working hard and focused hard on getting us the best he can possibly get us. I think it's making a difference."
DO YOU THINK THIS WILL BE A MUCH DIFFERENT RACE? "Oh yeah. I think that every time we run this car it's going to be a different race. You just struggle. I think it's going to be a slower race. I think that grip is always an issue with this car. It's just hard. You're racing yourself. You're racing the race track. If someone comes up on you, just let him go. It slows you both down when you're racing door to door. It's almost impossible - it just slows you down so much. I look forward to the Busch race and I think the Cup race will be another boring one."
YOU THINK IT WILL BE BORING? "Yeah, I do. That's kind of the nature of the beast and until we get things figured out I'm afraid it's going to be that way."
HOW'S THE LEARNING CURVE GOING? "I think it's going fine. I think so far so good this year. We've struggled the last couple weeks and got behind a little bit. I think a good run here would put us right back where we need to be."
WHAT DID YOU GET OUT OF YOUR APRIL 30TH TEST? "We were just working on some brake stuff. In Phoenix we burnt some brakes off it. We just worked on some brake things, some minute things that are very important with this car. It doesn't take much. It either makes or breaks it."
ARE YOU A FAN OF THE NEW RACE CAR? "I'm not a big fan of it. I think we could put a lot better show on for you with the old cars."
YOU MADE A REMARK ABOUT THE NEW CAR BEING EITHER GOOD OR NOT COMPETITIVE AT ALL. HOW IS THAT? "I think it's so close. You're looking in qualifying trim right there. We were 27th and 15th was less than a tenth. Six hundredths. I think that says a lot about how close these cars are. When you're that close, you get behind and you can't make it up and that's the problem. Track position's everything. If it does come around to pit strategy and things like that it's going to be a shame. You could run good all day long and somebody makes a gamble in the pits and beat you."
HOW MANY FRIENDS DO YOU HAVE WITH DIRECTV AS A SPONSOR? (Laughs) "Hopefully a lot. I know there's millions of people with DIRECTV and it's fun to have that on our car."
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