CLINT BOWYER, NO. 07 DIRECTV IMPALA SS met with media and discussed racing at Talladega. HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT THIS TALLADEGA RACE WEEKEND? DO YOU AND YOUR TEAM HAVE THE RIGHT MOJO GOING? "I think so. You never know what to expect at a place...
CLINT BOWYER, NO. 07 DIRECTV IMPALA SS met with media and discussed racing at Talladega.
HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT THIS TALLADEGA RACE WEEKEND? DO YOU AND YOUR TEAM HAVE THE RIGHT MOJO GOING? "I think so. You never know what to expect at a place like Talladega. I can't wait to get out there and see what we have got. Hopefully we will have a fast car. I can't wait to get to the race. That is the biggest part. I can't wait to get to about half-way through the race. Once you get to half-way, you start feeling and knowing what you have for a race car. You know the capabilities. You can start working your way to the front avoiding situations. You can start working on getting yourself in the right situation toward the end of the race."
CAN YOU EVER REALLY FEEL SAFE ABOUT NOT GETTING IN A MESS? "Absolutely. It can always happen. The reason I said half-way, you already have good feeling and sensation of what you have for a race car and you have been in a lot of situations already. And, you have got to half-way! (Laughs) You crash out early at this place, it costs you big points wise, whether other guys wreck or not. If you are the first one to wreck with them, it costs you. I like this place. I like superspeedway racing and like I said I can hardly wait to get out there."
IS THIS ONE OF THE HARDEST TRANSITIONS AS A SHORT TRACK GUY COMING TO NASCAR? "It all has to do with having a good car. This is a horsepower track, especially since the repaved it. It is smooth and everything else. You have to have the horsepower under the hood and you have to do your job. You can make or break a situation putting yourself in the right or the wrong situation out there. It can cost you bit either way. I like this place. I like the strategy behind it. It is constantly moving. You just have to put yourself in the right situation. "
DO YOU THINK NEAR THE END OF THE RACE, YOU HAVE FIGURED OUT EVERYTHING YOU DON'T WANT TO DO AND HAVE THE ONE OR TWO THINGS YOU THINK YOU NEED TO DO? "By the end of the race, you have found cars you run good with. Hopefully you have positioned yourself to be with those cars at the end of the race when it counts. Hopefully those cars are your teammates. Teammates go a long way here, they can help you but you don't always work well with your teammates. You have to figure out what is good for you, how things are going to work and hopefully the DIRECTV Chevrolet will be fast this week."
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE NATIONWIDE POINTS BATTLE? IS IT A THREE WAY BATTLE WITH YOU, CARL EDWARDS AND KYLE BUSCH? "Absolutely. I knew Kyle was going to be a factor before this was all said and done. The No. 20 car is fast, doesn't seem to really matter who is in it. It is going to lead laps and stuff. I said at the beginning of the year I didn't think it was necessarily going to be the one who won the most races is going to be the one that has what it takes to win the championship. I still believe that."
IN DAYTONA, BEFORE YOU GOT RUN OVER, DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING THAT WILL HELP HERE? "It got down to how many to go when Juan (Pablo Montoya) wrecked me. It was a pretty comfortable situation on that restart with two to go. I had my teammate behind me, we were leading the race. I was leading the Daytona 500; life has been a lot worse. That what is great about racing and superspeedway racing. You never know what is going to happen. We went from leading the Daytona 500 to crashed out. You never know."
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