It's understandable if Clint Bowyer feels under a lot of pressure these days.
He sits outside the Chase cut-off with only three races remaining in the regular season and his contract with Richard Childress Racing expires at the end of the season.
While Bowyer and Childress have been negotiating to try and put a new deal together, sponsorship has been a key issue in the future of the team's No. 33 entry. General Mills departs at the end of 2011 and no replacement has yet been announced for next season.
In the meantime Bowyer has been rumored to be speaking with other organizations about a possible ride with Richard Petty Motorsports among those speculated.
However Bowyer took issues with such stories when he met the media Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway.
"It takes time. Those deals you can't just say, 'Yes, do it.' It takes time to put the sponsorship deals together, it takes time to have meetings, it takes time to do all that. You've got to be patient," Bowyer said
"They call it 'Silly Season' for a reason."
Bowyer singled out one reporter in the session for a story that said the driver was looking "for helicopter rides from the track" as part of any new deal.
"You don't know me very well, lady. Jesus," he said.
"You guys need to stop and think about the situation sometimes and the detriment that it can cause to the situation. I think that's important."
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