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Sprint Cup - Bowyer Post-Race Comments Texas

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CLINT BOWYER, No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing (continued) Do you feel like the championship is still within reach? "I've said this all along -- it's fun to be racing for the championship, but I'm more proud of where we're at contending for that championship, winning three races our first year together as a group. Got a long time to work. We just keep polishing the edges and keep getting better fixing our program week-in and week-out. We'll be there."

How was your race? "We were close, but no cigar. That's what we were all about tonight. The one thing that could have won us the race just didn't play out with the cautions. I really felt like we were doing a good job with our fuel mileage thing. I thought we were sitting pretty good there until that caution came out with 26 (laps) to go. That being said, you can't be greedy. We could have had right-front (tire) trouble again like we did earlier. Solid night. It's just unbelievable. You keep having these top-10 runs and flirting with the top-fives week-in and week-out, and unless you're winning these races every week you just can't gain points. Even if we were winning right now, it ain't enough to run them down for a championship. We're having fun. We're just taking it week by week. I thought they (Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski) were going to wreck each other, but they didn't. It would have been awesome -- I really did think they were going to wreck each other."