CLINT BOWYER, NO. 33 CHEERIOS/HAMBURGER HELPER CHEVROLET, met with media and discussed his current momentum, what he does with his trophies, and more. SURE YOU WANT TO KEEP THE MOMENTUM UP AFTER LAST WEEK'S WIN AT TALLADEGA? "Absolutely.
CLINT BOWYER, NO. 33 CHEERIOS/HAMBURGER HELPER CHEVROLET, met with media and discussed his current momentum, what he does with his trophies, and more.
SURE YOU WANT TO KEEP THE MOMENTUM UP AFTER LAST WEEK'S WIN AT TALLADEGA?
"Absolutely. Last week was a great, well-needed win for our race team. It was a 1-2 finish for RCR and it was a good points day for Kevin and you couldn't ask for a better situation so glad to get out of Talladega..........and anytime you can get out of there with a top-ten you are pretty happy and obviously with a win we were pretty ecstatic. But looking forward to Texas, it's a fun place to be you know and I always look forward to coming down here in front of a great fan base that we get to race in front of.
"We were off a little bit in qualifying but in race trim I think we will be where we need to be. The guys are digging deep in the computers and trying to see where our speed needs to be in qualifying trim and we really need to figure it out because we got a good draw."
YOU SAID AT YOUR NEWS CONFERENCE THAT YOU WERE GOING TO HAVE A NEW CAR AND A NEW ENGINE. CAN YOU FEEL THE DIFFERENT RIGHT AWAY OR ARE YOU STILL WORKING ON IT?
"Well unfortunately for the engine guys, our chassis is not chassis-ing enough that we can use the engine (laughs). We have got to get the chassis underneath us to where we can utilize the horsepower that we've had all season long. Its just kind of the next step for our engine shop and when they are excited about something it gets you pretty excited.
"I think we will be able to use that in the race and you certainly would think in qualifying it would help you but we have got to get our chassis better so we can get a good qualifying effort."
HOW IMPORTANT WAS IT TO GET A WIN LAST WEEK IN LIGHT OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU?
"It was very important and that is the think that probably is the most exciting just for everybody. You know you think about everything that happened after the penalty, the sponsors, you as the race team, not having a crew chief, and down to Kevin's pit crew to be able to give them another win and give them a better feeling about the situation is a good thing. I am just happy for everybody involved and for myself and the 33 car and you couldn't ask for a better situation."
CAN YOU ALSO TALK ABOUT GETTING YOUR CREW CHIEF BACK?
"Yeah, I was pulling out and I saw him standing on top of the hauler and I said, 'I bet your radio batteries are charged up, they have had four weeks to get charged up and they probably won't be running down in his radio anytime soon. Just happy to get him back and get him in the routine and get things finished off right for this season and as we get started out for next season without missing a beat."
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR TROPHIES THAT YOU WIN?
"This is kind of bad, but the trophy for Talladega is on the floor of my motorhome. It was on the table but I had to move it so I could eat last night but it hasn't made it home yet. You know, trophies are always something that I have been proud of and you really think about it at the end of the day and the money that you win will probably be gone someday and those trophies on your mantle and in your trophy room are probably your most prized possessions for the rest of your life."
WHAT ABOUT THE NEW HAMPSHIRE TROPHY?
"Yeah, it made it back but we lost that lobster that they gave us in New Hampshire and they mount a lobster somehow so I am waiting on them to get that to us and I am curious to see what that lobster looks like. It will be a different trophy for the trophy room for sure."
-source: gm racing