CLINT BOWYER, NO. 07 JACK DANIELS IMPALA SS met with media and discussed making the Chase, his mindset, and more. Q. What's your mindset? Is it just business as usual? CLINT BOWYER: Yeah, it really is. Just ready to go. You know, ...
CLINT BOWYER, NO. 07 JACK DANIELS IMPALA SS met with media and discussed making the Chase, his mindset, and more.
Q. What's your mindset? Is it just business as usual?
CLINT BOWYER: Yeah, it really is. Just ready to go. You know, it's challenging, it's time to see what we're made out of.
Q. Do you race your own race? Do you race the racetrack or do you race David Ragan and Kasey Kahne?
CLINT BOWYER: You try the best you can, expect that out of your team, and if we do that we'll be just fine.
Q. How much do you want to know on the radio about them?
CLINT BOWYER: I don't want to know where they're at.
Q. Any comfort in that you run very well here?
CLINT BOWYER: Yeah, absolutely. This is my favorite racetrack, and I love racing here. You know, what better race to come to to try to put yourself in the Chase than one of your favorite racetracks. I'm just looking forward to it, trying to stay focused and go get 'em.
Q. What do you tell yourself? Do you try not to think about it and try to go have fun, ride your motorcycle or whatever?
CLINT BOWYER: Yeah, absolutely. I mean, still, we've got to qualify better. I mean, that's what we've got to work on. We're really good in race trim, and I'm confident that we'll be just fine during the race. But a lot of tests are -- a lot of practicing right there during the day, just trying to figure out if we're going to rain out tomorrow. There's just a lot of things that can throw you for a loop and you've got to be prepared for, and I think we are.
Q. If it does rain, what happens? What do you guys do?
CLINT BOWYER: If they're going to run it during the day, we'll be ready for it.
Q. What worked for you in May? Other than having a great car, what did you do in May to put yourself in position to win that race?
CLINT BOWYER: We run well here. Like I said, it's one of my favorite racetracks, and we run well here.
Q. Is the pressure of the situation you're in now the most you've ever been in or similar to some other situation you've been in, or how could you quantify it?
CLINT BOWYER: No, probably last year trying to figure out how to beat Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson to win the championship. That's a lot of pressure. But I like pressure. Pressure is good. There's no way of getting around it. But I'd rather be me in the Chase right now than them out of the Chase trying to figure out how to beat me at one of my favorite tracks.
Q. You seem completely over talking about this. How tired are you of discussing this?
CLINT BOWYER: It's been three weeks of it. I am over it. But I mean, obviously everybody has got a job to do and I understand that and respect that. But I owe it to my guys to give them 100 percent here and try to stay focused on the task at hand, and right now that's making the Chase.
Q. So is Richard (Childress) over on the Nationwide side with his grandson so he's not bothering you too much?
CLINT BOWYER: I don't know. I'm looking forward to Austin getting his first race. He's a great kid, and the Dillon family is good people. The whole family is back there parked in the campground. I told them they had a little bit of redneck come out in them; they had the beanbag game out and everything. I told them, that's what you're supposed to do when you're fans of this sport, not when you're participating in this sport. That's just a little dig on my spotter. He digs on me plenty.
Q. If you don't make the Chase, is the season a failure in your eyes?
CLINT BOWYER: It's just been a struggle all year. Definitely started off the way we wanted it to, the way we expected it to go and had a tough summer. The Chase could save that some, you know.
Q. How much different would this track be? A lot of rain coming in; how much different will it be tomorrow night than it is now?
CLINT BOWYER: It could be a lot different. We're just going to have to play it by ear and see what old Mother Nature brings to the table. You know, we'll be ready for it. We're prepared, and day or night or rain or shine, what's in front of us we're prepared for.
Q. Seemingly you would have an advantage. A lot of other drivers have picked you to be the one that comes through with this because you're a scrapper, you're a hard-edged racer and you're not unfazed by having to do whatever it takes.
CLINT BOWYER: Yeah, I mean, that's what you've got to do. Like I say, you've got to have fun with this, and we are having fun with it. It's just trying to stay focused to help the guys do their jobs and allowing myself to be able to do my job and stay honed in on the task at hand.
Obviously we've got a close eye on qualifying here. It sure would help our program if we didn't have to qualify. For whatever reason we've got to go somewhere and we all three need to sit down and help each other figure it out, how come our cars are fast on race trim and not on qualifying trim and other teams are exact opposite. Other teams qualify really good and don't race as well. I mean, obviously you want to race better than you qualify, but we need to qualify better. We need a better qualifying effort to help our racing program.
Q. What's the process you'll go through to make sure you get points starting next year?
CLINT BOWYER: I haven't even thought about it. Chase time, bud.
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