Consistency is the Key HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (May 9, 2006) -- As the ACDelco race team heads to Darlington Raceway for this Friday's running of the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 under the lights, they are determined to continue their climb to the top by...
Consistency is the Key
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (May 9, 2006) -- As the ACDelco race team heads to Darlington Raceway for this Friday's running of the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 under the lights, they are determined to continue their climb to the top by consistently running in the Top-10. Consistency is what wins championships in the NASCAR Busch Series. This season is no different than last. Every team knows that the only way to be a contender in the championship at the end of the year is to finish every race and to be up front when the checkered flag drops.
Bowyer and the ACDelco Real Car Guys are looking forward to the challenge of the track that is "too tough to tame." Darlington Raceway is one track on the circuit that challenges the efforts of teams to remain consistent as it seems to change every time they run there. The track did not just get its nicknames by chance, it really is "too tough to tame" and known as the "lady in black" for the challenge it puts on teams and drivers every year.
Points of Interest...
* What Ya' Haulin'...The Real Car Guys will take chassis No. 19 to Darlington Raceway this weekend. Bowyer raced this chassis at Bristol Motor Speedway in March of this year. He started the race by NASCAR Busch Series owners' point standings on the outside pole and came home in the 12th spot. They also ran this chassis at five races during the 2005 season. It finished in the top-four at each event by bringing home one win at Memphis Motorsports Park, three second place finishes at Indianapolis Raceway Park, Dover Downs and Phoenix International Raceway and one fourth place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway.
* Track Stat...Bowyer has raced two times at Darlington Raceway. He qualified 31st at the Nov. 13, 2004, event in the No. 33 Kevin Harvick Incorporated Chevrolet and finished 15th. In his first full season of NASCAR Busch Series racing, Bowyer qualified 11th in the ACDelco Chevrolet and took the checkered flag in the 10th spot.
* Points Chase... Bowyer held onto second position in the NASCAR Busch Series drivers' points chase after his seventh place finish at Richmond International Raceway. He is currently 313 points behind his teammate and points leader, Kevin Harvick. The No. 2 ACDelco race team also held onto second place in the NASCAR Busch Series owners' points chase. They are 322 points behind their teammates in the No. 21 Coast Guard Chevrolet.
* And Then There Were Two...Clint Bowyer and his Richard Childress racing teammate, Kevin Harvick, are the only Busch Series drivers to complete all 2,055 laps of NASCAR Busch Series competition for the 2006 race season.
* Record Holder...Clint Bowyer holds the current record in the NASCAR Busch Series for most consecutive races finished on the lead lap. He has completed every race since Memphis in 2005 on the lead lap, which brings his total to 15 races.
* Start Time...Friday's diamond Hill Plywood 200 is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Live television coverage of the 147-lap event will begin on FX at 7:30 p.m. EDT, with live radio coverage beginning at the same time on your local MRN radio affiliate and XM Satellite Radio -- channel 144. Qualifying will be broadcast live on Friday at 5:00 p.m. EDT on SPEED. Remember times and dates of the race may change, so check your local listings.
* Double Duty...ACDelco driver, Clint Bowyer will also be competing in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series for Richard Childress Racing in the No. 07 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS. He gained three positions in the Cup point standings after his 10th place finish at Richmond International Raceway and is currently in the 15th spot, 434 points out of the lead.
Clint Bowyer on Darlington Raceway...
Talk about your first trip to Darlington Raceway.
"I went there for the first time in 2004 and to be honest, it was a little intimidating. I think it is one of the hardest and most unique racetracks on the circuit. It kind of reminds me of my days on the dirt tracks, where you're sliding up towards the wall and the car finally catches right before you hit the wall and off you go. For a split second, you slide in and then you have to use a lot of throttle control off the corner. It's real fun and I am really looking forward to going back."
It seems inevitable that every driver will come away from this weekend with a Darlington stripe, tells us how you deal with that.
"At that place it seems like every lap you are going to get a Darlington stripe, and when you do it is usually big. The bottom line is that you know there is a good chance of it happening, so you just have to be on top of your game every lap so that when it does happen, you are ready to regain control."