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September 29, 2009 11:52 PM

Post Race interviews from the Nationwide Series race at Dover...

Nationwide Series Report - Dover.mp3

Clint Bowyer NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion Interview - Dover International Speedway

In this years return trip to the Monster Mile for the Nationwide Series, it was the tale of two races. In part one of our story, Kyle Busch leads 109 of the first 117 laps. In the second chapter however, Clint Bowyer dominates and goes on to grab win number two in the Holiday Inn Chevrolet. Even though he started 16th, Bowyer knew from the jump he was good enough to go to victory lane.


Clint Bowyer:
You know I did, it was the strongest car, I'll argue that with anybody in practice. It was very consistent, very easy to drive and I knew it was going to be strong in the race. The only thing that really threw me for a loop all weekend long was qualifying. It was just so loose in qualifying and it took us a while to get back up there. It was actually so loose in qualifying, it forced us to make an adjustment going in the race to tighten the car up, just like I thought it would be everything was fine once we got that rubber off the track, everything was fine once we started the race. It was a little too tight, took that wedge back out of it and boy she flew.

For the last few seasons RCR has been one of the elite teams on the Nationwide Series. But they've struggled in 2009, so a win like this was a nice shot in the arm for Bowyer and team owner Richard Childress.

Bowyer:
It feels very good, you know everybody, you get beat up, when you get down everybody wants to kick you and beat on you and victories no matter what in this sport are hard to come by. A huge confidence buster for the whole organization.

Richard Childress:
It was great when you can roll off the trailer and be as fast as they were and you had a good car then. Doug and his group has really done their homework and like I heard Clint say earlier it's tough on these guys when you've got three drivers and just proud of everything Clint did, I mean he's just a master on these concrete tracks and he did a great job and we are really proud of the whole group today.

Still looking for a new full-time ride, Mike Bliss survived a late race caution to come home the runner up. Happy to have spent the whole day running up front in the Ridemakerz Toyota.

Mike Bliss:
It felt good. I mean it felt really good there running there second and then when the yellow came out I was like oh crud we have to get bottled up again. My car was really bad those last five laps, it was very tight so I just kind of protected the bottom and it worked.

Finishing third it was Brad Keselowski but not before he crashed Denny Hamlin near the end of the Dover 200. Hamlin confronted him on pit road when the race was over. Keselowski though, wasn't apologetic, then.

Brad Keselowski:
He just cut me off like he always does, it's Denny Hamlin.

And he wasn't back at the media center during the post race interview.

Keselowski:

No I was just there, I was underneath him. Earlier in the day when he got underneath me in the same scenario I gave him room and I paid him a favor and expected the same favor to be returned and he didn't so I just held my ground. Same way at Talladega, same way I'll do for the rest of my career. I'm not to be pushed around whether it's Denny Hamlin or whoever it is.

Kyle Busch faded to a fourth place finish but did pick up six points on Carl Edwards who wound up 5th making his Nationwide Series Championship lead over Edwards 207 with seven races to go.

Kyle Busch:
It's cool to be ahead but we'd like to be gaining ground instead of just staying where we're at.

Sixth across the finish line Jason Leffler, he was followed by Reed Sorenson and Scott Speed, David Reutimann and Jason Keller was 10th. Eleven to 15, it was Matt Kenseth, Steve Wallace, Michael Annett, Scott Wimmer and Tony Raines. Ever since he was fired by James Finch earlier this year, even though he had won a race and was solidly top 10 in points, Mike Bliss has been scrambling to find a ride every week. Something he joked about after his monstrously good second place finish, when asked if he'd be driving the 11 car again.


Mike Bliss:
No, I don't know anything. I know next week I'll be driving Curtis Key's 40 car at Kansas and after that really have no idea. I kind of just kind of when you're as old as I am been through a lot, I just wake up on Monday and if the phone doesn't ring Tuesday's kind of depressing.

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