Talladega II: Clint Bowyer preview

* This Week's BB&T Chevrolet at Talladega Superspeedway ... Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis No. 260 from Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2008, Mike Wallace piloted this Chevrolet to a 30th-place finish at...

* This Week's BB&T Chevrolet at Talladega Superspeedway ... Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis No. 260 from Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2008, Mike Wallace piloted this Chevrolet to a 30th-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway last October. It made its 2009 debut in the season-opening Daytona 500 in February where Bowyer finished fourth. Most recently, Bowyer raced this Impala SS to a 29th-place finish at Daytona in July after being caught up in a mid-race accident.

* Talladega Facts ... In seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Talladega Superspeedway, Bowyer boasts one top-five and two top-10 finishes. His best finish of fifth came in the October 2008 running of the 500-mile race.

* Through 32 Races ... Over the season's first 32 races, Bowyer has accumulated four top-five and 14 top-10 finishes, an average start of 17.2 and an average finish of 15.6. The two-time NSCS winner has led 40 laps of competition and has completed 9,054 of the 9,388 (96.4 percent) laps contested thus far.

* Rearview Mirror ... Bowyer appeared to have a top-10 finish lined up in last Sunday's NSCS race at Martinsville Speedway but, after being hit with a late-race speeding penalty exiting pit road, he was credited with a 19th-place finish that does not reflect the strong performance of the BB&T Racing Team.

* Get to the Points ... Bowyer's 19th-place finish at Martinsville Speedway allowed him to maintain the 15th position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings. Out of the Chase field, the race for 13th place is on. Bowyer trails the current position holder, Kyle Busch, by 115 markers.

* Had We Made It ... Bowyer has accumulated 751 points over the six most recent Sprint Cup Series races. That point total is greater than chasers Denny Hamlin (726), Carl Edwards (690), Kasey Kahne (639) and Brian Vickers (563). With bonus points factored in, Bowyer would rank ninth in the point standings had he made the 2009 Chase for the Championship.

* RCR at Talladega ... Richard Childress boasts nine victories at the storied Alabama race track - all of them coming with Dale Earnhardt. Additionally, in 116 starts, RCR boasts four poles, 29 top-five, 48 top-10 finishes and just over $8 million in earnings.

* Final Ride for BB&T in '09 ... Talladega will mark the final race of the 2009 season where Bowyer's Chevrolet Impala SS will sport the burgundy, white and gold paint scheme of Winston-Salem, N.C.,- based BB&T. The sponsor will once again support Bowyer's efforts for the 2010 season.

* Richard Childress Race Car Technology at Forsyth Tech ... The motorsports technology program at Forsyth Technical Community College has been renamed Richard Childress Race Car Technology at Forsyth Tech. Richard Childress Racing has a long-standing relationship with Forsyth Tech and employs a number of its graduates. Forsyth Tech has been named a Center of Excellence for Motorsports by the North Carolina Motorsports Consortium. Childress was on-hand for the October 27 announcement that was held on the campus in Winston-Salem, N.C.

* Last Time at Talladega ... Bowyer and the No. 33 team headed to Talladega with a brand-new Chevrolet Impala SS with high hopes of a strong finish when the series last visited the 2.66-mile speedway in April. Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be for the Richard Childress Racing team, as Bowyer was involved in a lap-seven accident that eliminated him from contention.

CLINT BOWYER:

The new car seems to be made for Talladega, it seems like it's a great package there.

"I think the biggest thing with the new car is that you can bump draft and not pick up the rear wheels of the car in front of you and spin them out. It'll shove them forward and actually hurt you, whereas, with the old car, you could knock the guy out of your way and get back going again and it would help you. I like the way the car is built for the superspeedways and I think it produces some great racing."

-credit: rcr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Mike Wallace , Kasey Kahne , Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch
Teams Richard Childress Racing