This Week's Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway ... Clint Bowyer will pilot chassis No. 324 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new in 2010, this Chevrolet made its debut last month at...
This Week's Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway ... Clint Bowyer will pilot chassis No. 324 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new in 2010, this Chevrolet made its debut last month at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., where Bowyer finished second after leading four times for 40 laps.
Familiar Faces ... Crew Chief Shane Wilson and Car Chief Chad Haney will return to the track this weekend following a four-race suspension by NASCAR Officials for infractions following the No. 33 team victory in September at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
New Faces ... Kevin Hamlin will join the No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper team this weekend as the primary spotter, replacing Mike Dillon for the remainder of 2010 and beyond. Dillon, Vice President of Competition, will take a more active role in overseeing RCR's NSCS and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series operations at track.
One thing people talk about with Texas is the race fans. It seems to be a much bigger event than other events on the schedule. Do you feel that and what do you notice about that?
"Absolutely, everything is bigger in Texas, I mean that's their motto. They stick to it and they do a good job at it. The fan base in Texas is awesome. Everyone loves going down there. The race fans down there are very enthusiastic and support us very well. We appreciate that."
Texas will be the first race back for Shane Wilson (crew chief). Is it still something to look forward to, kind of getting back to normal?
"Absolutely, he should be fresh. He'll be off of a pretty good vacation so, hopefully, we've made him proud and run well. We'll end that void and start off where we ended there."
"I do. I like Texas. It's very fast there. We've run well there, but we haven't had the success that we've had at other tracks. We just haven't gotten the finishes that we deserve. If we can do that and capitalize on that, I really think it can be a track that we can get a top-five finish and end the year strong."
You had your first win in the Truck Series at Texas and your first start in the Cup Series there. Is Texas a track that you enjoy racing?
You finished seventh at the last fall race at Texas. Is there a difference between the spring and fall race?
"Not really. We seem to run better for some reason the second time we go back there, but the biggest thing is getting there and getting a good finish, and hopefully, gain some points."