CLINT BOWYER Looking for Strong Rebound at the Monster Mile Huntersville, N.C. (May 31, 2005) -- After last weekend's 32nd place finish at Lowe's Motor Speedway, ACDelco driver Clint Bowyer happily looks to Dover (Del.) International Speedway...
Looking for Strong Rebound at the Monster Mile
Huntersville, N.C. (May 31, 2005) -- After last weekend's 32nd place finish at Lowe's Motor Speedway, ACDelco driver Clint Bowyer happily looks to Dover (Del.) International Speedway as a chance to erase last weekend's misery. During this Saturday's running of the MBNA 200 at the "Monster Mile," you can expect to see Bowyer out of trouble and running up front. If that is, there aren't any uncontrollable factors that jump into play. After all, the only two times Bowyer has experienced trouble this year have been completely out of his hands.
Bowyer wrecked three times at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in April. None of those were his fault. Nextel Cup star Tony Stewart got into him first, then came Kerry Earnhardt, and lastly a blown tire TKO'd him to give him a 19th place finish, 12 laps down. Last weekend, at Lowe's Motor Speedway, a blown tire halfway through put him down, but not out, and forced him to record his worst finish of the year, eight laps down.
"In this sport you can't control everything," said Bowyer. "At the speeds we are running and with the number of cars out there, the room for error is minimal. You can't control another driver's mistake or a blown tire. You just have to roll with the punches sometimes, and know that it is not going to be like that every time. Humans and products mess up all the time, and when you put them up against speeds around 200 mph the chances to mess up increase immensely. It is just amazing that every time Carl Edwards has a bad race so do I. I can't seem to gain any ground on him right now which is the most frustrating part of it.
"I have never raced at Dover, but welcome the challenge. I have already been to four tracks this year for the first time and experienced pretty good results. Hopefully, I can continue to carry on the pattern and get a good finish out of Dover. After last weekend's race at Lowe's, I am really looking forward to rebounding strong and putting together another solid run."
Points of Interest...
* Runnin' It...The Real Car Guys will take chassis No. 037 to the "Monster Mile" this weekend. This chassis brought home a 21st place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 19th, a fifth place finish at Nashville Superspeedway on March 26th, and a ninth place finish at Richmond International Raceway after leading 66 laps on May 14th.
* Track Stat...Bowyer will be making his first start at Dover International Speedway this weekend, but don't let that fool you because he has already met four tracks this year for the first time and produced three top-10 finishes out of those four races. The races were Mexico City, Las Vegas, Nev., Bristol, Tenn., and Richmond, Va.
* On Deck... Okuma America Corporation will be on the deck lid of the No. 2 Chevrolet this weekend at Dover International Speedway. Okuma America Corporation is the United States based affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (Computer Numeric Controls) and machining technology, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. Okuma has been the official CNC machine manufacturer for Richard Childress Racing since 2000. The Charlotte operation is the headquarters for the manufacturing and training facilities for the North and South American operation.
* NBS Points...After 13 races in the 2005 season, Bowyer sits second in points, with two top-five and seven top-10 finishes. Bowyer now sits 171 markers out of first.
* Start time...Saturday's MBNA 200 is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. EDT. TV coverage of the 200-lap event on FX begins at 1:00 pm., with live radio coverage also beginning at 1:00 p.m. EDT on your local MRN Radio affiliate and on XM Satellite Radio -- channel 144. Remember times and dates of the race may change so check your local listings.
No. 2 ACDelco driver Clint Bowyer on Dover International Speedway...
Since you have never raced there, what do you think of Dover's comparison to "Bristol on Steroids?"
"That is exactly what it is. I have never raced there, but I have watched enough races to know that it is a high speed, one groove racetrack. I have heard and can tell it is real hard to pass there. Anytime you are running that fast, it makes passing more difficult. If you end up having to race the track instead of the cars around you then making a pass is very difficult. If your car is setup fine then passing shouldn't be a problem."
From what you have heard and seen about Dover, what characteristics concern you the most?
"Some of the guys have told me the track is so fast and the corners are so long that it sucks you into your seat. I have also heard you kind of get that feeling of loosing your stomach from driving into a hole in the corners and then driving up out of the hole on exit. The straight-aways are banked as well, so it feels like you are constantly getting g-force load on your body. I think racing there will be a true physical test."
Have you done anything different to prepare for Dover?
"No, I really haven't done anything different to prepare for this weekend. I have been focused every weekend and am determined to get my first win. I know my guys are just as prepared as me. They have been ready and prepared each week with a winning attitude and have given me great cars all year long. I don't see any reason this weekend is any different."