This Week's BB&T Chevrolet at Dover International Speedway ... Clint Bowyer will pilot chassis No. 298 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new in 2010, this No. 33 racer made its debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway...
This Week's BB&T Chevrolet at Dover International Speedway ... Clint Bowyer will pilot chassis No. 298 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new in 2010, this No. 33 racer made its debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March, where Bowyer finished 23rd following late-race contact that cut down his left-rear tire. In May, Bowyer was in line for another solid finish at Dover International Speedway but, on the final pit stop of the day, he left his stall with the jack wedged underneath the No. 33 machine, resulting in a pit road penalty, the loss of a lap and a less-than-desired 17th-place finish. Most recently, the Emporia, Kan., native started on the outside row and led 59 laps en route to a ninth-place finish in this No. 33 Impala at Pocono Raceway in June before returning to the triangular-shaped race track in August to post a 15th-place finish.
Back to School ... General Mills-sponsored driver Clint Bowyer visited Mary Frank Elementary School on Tuesday, September 21 to deliver 50,000 Bonus Box Tops - worth $5,000 - to Principal Deb Hildreth. Bowyer represented Box Tops for Education at the school thanks to Granger-resident Marcia Railton, who entered the "Fast Track to the Head of Class" sweepstakes held exclusively at Meijer stores to win the Bonus Box Tops. Box Tops for Education is a school fundraising program started by General Mills in 1996. To date, Box Tops for Education has helped America's schools raise more than $340 million to purchase items they need but can't always afford, such as library books, school supplies and playground equipment.
Coming off a win at Loudon, will the momentum continue this weekend at Dover? "Dover has been a good race track for us. We've had our ups and downs, but we always run in the top five there. Anything can happen in these races, but if you run in the top five long enough, you're going to get a win. I feel like Dover is a track where we're due for a win on the Cup side. We won there twice in the Nationwide Series, but, hopefully, we can get the job done on Sunday."
How do you avoid trouble at Dover? "Dover has tight quarters. If a wreck happens in front of you, like it commonly does off of turn two, there's no way you get through it untouched. If you snake yourself through a wreck on the back straightaway, you should consider yourself very lucky. Dover is a cool race track, though. It's very fast with the high banking, and it's just tight quarters racing at its best. It's hard to pass at Dover, too. You really have to set up the car ahead of you in order to get by him. You need a good race car but, as a driver, you have to get up on the wheel and get aggressive in order to make things happen. You really have to attack that track."
You vaulted from 12th to second in the point standings. Do you feel you have what it takes to maybe win the championship? "I know we have what it takes. We have the equipment and the team. It's up to us to get it put together. Kevin Harvick has done a good job all season long of showing RCR's potential of getting it all - not just at the start of the race, but the middle of the race and the finish. If we can match what he's done 26 races in, somebody at RCR can win this championship."
Your team has been one of the most consistent in recent weeks. Now that you have qualified for the Chase and scored your first win this season, what kind of attitude difference is there with the team? "I think it is everything. Confidence and momentum is everything in any sport, I think. They both feed off of each other. There's been a lot of momentum since last month, and it has brought a lot of confidence to our race team. I think, hopefully, we can continue to ride that wave as long as we can. If we can carry it throughout the Chase, we can be a force to be reckoned with, just like we were in 2007. You don't have that dominate organization. Every organization in the Chase is very strong and capable of winning races. We have seen it all year long. Everybody has had their time in the sun. I think the Chase will be the same thing. I think we are going to go into Homestead with anywhere from three to six cars with a shot at winning the championship. I think that is going to be big for our sport."