Atlanta: Race winner interview

MIKE SKINNER , No. 5 Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing: Finished: 1st On the performance of the truck at the end of the race: "That was better than we had been all night. We were a little better on the short runs so when those cautions ...

MIKE SKINNER , No. 5 Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing: Finished: 1st

On the performance of the truck at the end of the race:

"That was better than we had been all night. We were a little better on the short runs so when those cautions kept coming out, it didn't bother me. I knew Clint (Bowyer) was quite a trick artist and he is pretty good at mirror driving. But we were fortunate enough to get him on the restart there and then we just held on for those last laps. This win is for my dog Opus who passed away about a week ago. This is for him and this is pretty cool."

On strong performances in streaks:

"It seems like that's how we do things and then we don't win for awhile. We won a couple of them early enough in the season and hopefully we can win a few more before the end of the season. Todd (Bodine) did a good job, he ran us clean and I think he had the best truck. I think we were a little better for the first 10 or 15 laps and then he had us whipped. Jeff Hensley (crew chief)`and the guys did a great job with this truck and made all the right adjustments. We probably could have stood a little more, she was pretty free there in the last couple laps."

On the final restart:

"Things happen to you in this business and you don't try to get even and you don't try to do anybody wrong. I knew that I just had to get by him (Clint Bowyer) and get clear. I knew I had to get a really, really good restart and Clint (Bowyer) had been mirror driving me pretty hard all night. I wasn't going to wreck him to win this race. I'm just not going to do that and I'm not stooping to that. We just got a good restart right there and I was able to get on the outside of him, keep my foot to the floor and drive away."

On finally winning at Atlanta:

"It's really good to win here at Atlanta. In the Cup race here we had them absolutely whipped in 2000 and broke a rod bolt with a few laps to go and then came back a year later and we had them covered again. That time Geoff Bodine lost a motor and put about three drops of water on the race track and they threw the caution, but those cautions have bit me a bunch of times. But maybe that horseshoe finally fell out and found me!"

More on tonight's race:

"It's one of them deals where two weeks in a row we've won the race with a second-place truck. We've lost a bunch of these races with a first-place truck so I'm not going to complain about it too much. There were some unfortunate events last week, but we ran good enough to win the race. Here tonight it seemed like the first 10 or 15 laps we were better than Todd (Bodine) was, but after that he had us whipped. We didn't think there was much we would be able to do with his truck other than finish second. It just kind of worked out for us and we were better on short runs"

On the attitude of the team this season:

"Our whole attitude is a little different this year. We are focused on top-10 finishes and keeping the fenders on the trucks. We're just trying to be smart. I told Bill Davis that I would screw this up sooner or later, but we'll try to be smart as long as we can and try to keep the fenders on this stuff just as long as we can. We are just going to keep trying to run good."

On leading the points this early in the season:

"It's so early in the season, only the third race, and I've led the Nextel Cup Series points early into the year. But it's too early to think about the points and I think there are about 15 trucks that are good enough to take that lead from us. There's a lot of strong trucks, strong drivers and strong race teams. We're just going to go out there and do our job and do the best we can do every time. But I'm having fun and I'm at the stage in my career where I don't have to prove myself. I'm doing this now because I want to do it and the Toyota folks are nice enough to let me drive their brand of trucks and Bill Davis is nice enough to let me drive his trucks. Angie (wife) and I are having a blast and we're just going camping every weekend and we race to pay for the fuel."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Clint Bowyer
Teams Bill Davis Racing