This Weekend's Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet Impala at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ... Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis No. 320 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new Chevrolet Impala that will...
This Weekend's Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet Impala at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ... Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis No. 320 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new Chevrolet Impala that will be put through its first paces this weekend.
Chase Berth ... Bowyer begins the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup seeded 12th in the point standings and 60 markers outside the top spot. He begins the 2010 edition of NASCAR's playoffs in the same position as he started the 2007 edition of the Chase.
Chase Start and Finish ... The Emporia, Kan., native has never started the Chase lower than 60 points out of first and has never finished lower than fifth in his two previous attempts at winning the NSCS Championship. Bowyer heads into the 2010 Chase with better numbers than compared to his stats in the season's first 26 events in 2007 and 2008 seasons, minus one victory he had in 2008. He has more top-five (four) and top-10 (14) finishes and a better starting (15.2) and finishing (14.7) average than he did prior to the other two Chase appearances.
Are you excited about being in the Chase? "I'm really excited to be a part of the Chase and about getting Cheerios, Hamburger Helper, everyone General Mills and The Hartford in the championship hunt. We're going in as the underdog, but we have a lot of momentum going into these final 10 races. If we can continue that, I think we'll be dangerous. I also think a win, like we did in 2007, is all this team is missing right now. It's just go cat go from here. We're going to go for it all and have fun. We're not racing conservatively anymore because we can't lose any positions in the Chase starting off. We're starting 12th and the worst we'll finish is 12th. It's about going for it and being consistent for 10 weeks. "
Does RCR have a shot at winning the Chase? "It's just exciting to be in the Chase and having all three RCR drivers a part of it makes it even better. If Jeff (Burton), Kevin (Harvick) and I keep doing what we've been doing all year long, we have a shot at it. Our cars are running well enough to do it and that goes back to all the hard work from everyone in the shop and at ECR (Earnhardt-Childress Racing). This might be the best chance RCR has had to contend for the championship since the Dale Earnhardt days."
You come into the Chase the same way you did in 2007. What's your team's outlook for the 2010 edition of the Chase? "I like being the underdog in this deal. We have no where to go but up. We'll hang it all out on the line these last 10 and race differently than we've ever raced this season. It's going to be a lot of fun for the No. 33 team, that's for sure. Like I said, all this team is missing is a win. If we can win, like we did in 2007, the momentum is going to make us dangerous. A lot of things have happened that were out of our control this season. If you take a look at how this team has reacted to adversity, it shows that we're a contender. I'm confident in their preparation and they're confident that I'm going to drive the wheels off the car to win this championship."
Can you repeat with a win at Loudon, like you did in the first race of the 2007 Chase? "It's possible. Anything is possible with the way races have ended this season. We're bringing a brand new car with us. All of these new cars that Shane Wilson (crew chief) and the guys have been building are running well. If we can get a good qualifying effort and stay with the leaders, like we did last weekend, we could have a shot at it."