Phoenix: Clint Bowyer preview

* This Weekend's Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet Impala at Phoenix International Raceway ... Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis No. 265 from Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Bowyer drove this Chevrolet twice last...

* This Weekend's Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet Impala at Phoenix International Raceway ... Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis No. 265 from Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Bowyer drove this Chevrolet twice last season, finishing sixth at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March and 36th at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. The Impala was completely updated over the offseason.

* Phoenix Facts ... In nine NSCS starts at Phoenix, Bowyer boasts two top-five and three top-10 finishes. His best finish, second, came in April 2008. The 30-year old driver has completed all but nine laps of competition at the desert oval and has an average finish of 15.6.

* Back to the Beginning ... Bowyer's NSCS debut came at PIR on April 23, 2005. He started 25th and finished 22nd. Since then, the Emporia, Kan., native's career NSCS stats include two wins, two poles, 21 top-five and 65 top-ten finishes in 151 starts.

* Former Winner ... While Bowyer has yet to earn a victory at Phoenix in NSCS competition, he has visited Victory Lane there once before. Driving the No. 2 Chevrolet for RCR in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Bowyer won the 2007 Bashas' Supermarkets 200.

* Starting Strong ... Despite one Did Not Finish (DNF) this season, Bowyer has been running inside the top 15 for 1,304 of the 2,074 (62.9 percent) laps contested in the first six events. He boasts a 13.5 average start and a 15th-place average finish.

* Season Loop ... Based on NASCAR's Loop Data Statistics over the first six races of the 2010 season, here is how Bowyer ranks among his competitors:

* Speedy ... Bowyer holds the Fastest Speed among the rest of the competition, a category that ranks each driver by speed when there is another competitor within one car length.

* Quality Passer ... The two-time NSCS race winner ranks sixth in the Quality Passer category with 466 passes. The Quality Passer category is based on a driver passing a competitor running inside the top 15 while under green flag conditions.

* Rating ... Bowyer ranks ninth in the Driver Rating category with an 89.3. The Driver Rating category is based on a formula that combines the following categories: wins, finishes, top-15 finishes, average running position while on lead lap, average speed under green, fastest lap, led most laps and lead-lap finish.

* Rearview Mirror ... Bowyer and the No. 33 BB&T racing team earned a seventh-place finish in the one-day rain-delayed Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway two weeks ago. The No. 33 team's fourth top-10 finish of the 2010 season moved Bowyer up three positions, to ninth, in the NSCS point standings.

* Come Meet Clint ... Bowyer is scheduled to sign autographs and race slot cars at a Bashas' Supermarkets on Thurs., April 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. The event kicks off at 2 p.m. with slot car racing for race fans beginning at 2:30. The Bashas' Supermarket store is located approximately 10 miles from PIR at 2075 N. Pebblecreek Pkwy in Goodyear, AZ.

* Shaving Time ... Bowyer is teamed up with driver Carl Edwards as the Gillette Young Guns try to shave 500 miles of faces before April 30. Check out www.Gillette500.com for further information and to join Team Carl/Clint.

CLINT BOWYER:

You finished seventh at Phoenix in the fall. What do you expect as you head there this weekend?

"Phoenix is one of my favorite race tracks. It's another short track that races well. We had a good run there in the fall and I feel like we've hit on some things which will allow us to come back and be better. I'm looking forward to going to Phoenix and having some fun. Hopefully, we can run up front all day. So far this season, we've been able to do that consistently. We have to keep that going and, if we keep doing that long enough, we're going to get ourselves a win. Phoenix is one of those places where we can get our first win."

Is the night race different than the day race at Phoenix?

"A little bit, but the same principles apply. You've got to be able to get through the corners good, get up off the corners well and be able to turn up underneath people."

This particular Phoenix race will be 63 laps longer. What are your thoughts on that?

"(Laughs) Well, that means its going to be 63 laps longer. I guess a fan can enjoy one more Coca-Cola while they're watching us race."

Would you be upset if you were the guy that was leading at the original scheduled distance, but didn't win it with the addition of the 63 laps?

"No, you really can't look at it that way. You know going into this race that the race is longer, so being there when the checkers wave, no matter if it's longer or not, is the goal."

-source: rcr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer
Teams Richard Childress Racing