This Weekend's Harford Chevrolet Impala at Darlington Raceway ... Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis No. 264 from Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Bowyer drove this Chevrolet four times in 2009, finishing 26th at Phoenix ...
This Weekend's Harford Chevrolet Impala at Darlington Raceway ... Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis No. 264 from Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Bowyer drove this Chevrolet four times in 2009, finishing 26th at Phoenix International Raceway in April, 10th at Michigan International Speedway in June, ninth at Chicagoland Speedway in July and sixth at Richmond International Raceway in September. In 2010, this was the first Impala in the No. 33's stable to be outfitted with the rear spoiler. It was tested by the Shane Wilson-led team at Walt Disney Speedway (Orlando, Fla.) in February, at Darlington Raceway as part of the Goodyear tire test in March, and at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway's Little Rock in April.
Darlington Facts ... In four NSCS starts at the track "Too Tough to Tame", Bowyer has earned one pole and one top-10 finish. His best career finish of ninth came in May 2007. The Emporia, Kan., native has an average start of 14.8, a 21st-place average finish and has completed 1,320 of the 1,468 laps contested (64.6 percent) at the 1.366-mile South Carolina oval.
weekend when the white, blue and maroon paint scheme of The Hartford adorns the No. 33 for the first of three races in which the Hartford, Conn.,-based corporation will be featured as the primary sponsor.
You have two more shots to race your way into the All-Star Race. Do you think you have a good shot at accomplishing that task this weekend?
"I hope so, I mean who doesn't want to race for a million bucks. RCR has been running so well as of late and we've all been hungry for a victory. The No. 33 team fell because we were caught up in that wreck in Texas, but we're definitely improving each week. We head to Darlington confident we can get the job done, but it is a difficult place to win. We had the chance to be part of the Goodyear tire test there a few weeks back, with the rear spoiler attached, and I think that will give us a slight advantage."
Why is so hard to win at Darlington?
"Darlington tests your skills each and every lap. By far, it's one of the tracks that I enjoy the least, but you can't help getting caught up in the history of it all. I won my first pole there and that was really special. Again, it's not easy to get around there and I'll always be proud of that accomplishment. But to win there would be even more special."
Darlington underwent a repave two years ago. Since you've raced on it last season and had the tire test, what is track surface like today?
"It's still the same old Darlington, which is the neat thing about it. You are still running up high, still lifting in pretty much the same areas, picking up the throttle up in the same areas. So, as far as that aspect goes, it is the same. But now it's smoother and has a lot more grip. The speeds have picked up a bunch and I expect, with the addition of the rear spoiler, it's going to be an exciting Southern 500."