Texas: Clint Bower preview

This Weekend's Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet Impala at Texas Motor Speedway ... Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis No. 257 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Bowyer earned an eighth-place finish with this No. 33...

This Weekend's Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet Impala at Texas Motor Speedway ... Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis No. 257 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Bowyer earned an eighth-place finish with this No. 33 Chevrolet at Auto Club Speedway in February. He also piloted this Impala twice last season, finishing sixth at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October and seventh at Texas in November. In July 2008, this former No. 07 racer made its debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where Bowyer finished 19th.

Texas Facts ... In eight NSCS starts at the "Great American Speedway," Bowyer has earned two top-five and four top-10 finishes. His best finish of fourth came in November 2008. The 30-year-old driver has completed all but eight laps of competition at the 1.5-mile oval and boasts a 15th-place starting average. Additionally, Bowyer has an average finish of 12.8, which is fifth best amongst active drivers at the 1.5-mile Texas oval.

Former Winner ... While Bowyer has yet to earn a victory at TMS in NSCS competition, he has visited Victory Lane there once before. Driving the No. 46 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Bowyer started from the pole, led 109 of 148 laps contested and won the 2006 Silverado 350K.

Starting Strong ... Despite one Did Not Finish (DNF) in the first seven events this season, Bowyer has been running inside the top 15 for 1,652 of the 2,452 (67.4 percent) laps contested. He boasts a 15.1 average start and a 14.1 average finish.

Season Loop ... Based on NASCAR's Loop Data Statistics over the first seven races of the 2010 season, here is how Bowyer stacks up against the competition:

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

* Go Green ... The Emporia, Kan., native ranks fifth in Green-Flag Speed.

* Start and Finish ... The two-time NSCS race winner is seventh fastest in both the first and last 25 percent of the laps run since a pit stop.

* Rating ... Bowyer ranks 10th in the Driver Rating category with a 91.4. 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 ... A fast No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet, quick pit stops and smart adjustments to the ever-changing track conditions contributed to Bowyer's ninth-place finish in last weekend's Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix. Bowyer's fifth top-10 finish of the 2010 season resulted in a gain of three positions, to sixth, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings.

The Hartford Pothole Patrol ... Bowyer will take part in The Hartford Pothole Patrol in Dallas, Texas on Thurs., April 15. He'll visit Dallas City Hall to meet city officials before assisting city crew members in the filling of a pothole in the downtown Dallas area. The Hartford will be the primary sponsor of Bowyer and the No. 33 Chevrolet Impala in three races this season including: Darlington Raceway in May, Pocono Raceway in August and Auto Club Speedway in October.

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 QUOTES:

You have finished in the top 10 in three of the last four races at Texas, but you finished 22nd in the spring race one year ago. What's your outlook for this weekend's race?

"We certainly struggled in the spring race there last season, but Texas is one of my favorite race tracks. I love going to Texas. I think we have that problem fixed and we should have a good run there this time around."

You were seventh in the race last fall. Is that when RCR turned around their intermediate program?

"It was definitely a step in the right direction. Texas is a good race track for me. Last year's fall finish was a good sign of things to come."

Is the Texas track beginning to wear out and get a little racier as it ages?

"Texas is beginning to widen out, like they all do. They tend to get better with age and, certainly, Texas is one of those tracks. It's good to see that, especially on Sunday. You really don't see that happen on Saturday in practice or even in the Nationwide Series race but, by the time Sunday comes around, you're able to run higher and the racing groove widens out. It ultimately makes for better racing."

-source: rcr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer