Huntersville, N.C. (June 14, 2005) -- Same car, same plan, hopefully the same results. Those are the words ACDelco driver Clint Bowyer will be carrying with him this weekend as the NASCAR Busch Series unfolds in Sparta, Ky. for the running of the...
Huntersville, N.C. (June 14, 2005) -- Same car, same plan, hopefully the same results. Those are the words ACDelco driver Clint Bowyer will be carrying with him this weekend as the NASCAR Busch Series unfolds in Sparta, Ky. for the running of the MEIJER 300 presented by Oreo this Saturday at Kentucky Speedway. The 26-year old couldn't be more excited for this weekend's 200-lap race, since he is coming off his first career NBS victory and will be behind the wheel of the same car that just put him in the winner's circle.
"I can't wait to get to Kentucky," says Bowyer. "I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders since I captured that first win. It gave everybody a big confidence and momentum boost. The first win is always the hardest. It's just like when I started dirt racing. I couldn't win and I couldn't win and then when it finally happens you are like, 'Oh, that's how you do it."
This Saturday night the Emporia, Kan., native hopes he can do it again and feels that he will have the car to win and continue to close in on taking over the top spot in the NASCAR Busch Series points standings.
"I have run well there in the past and am extremely excited that we are taking the same car we just won in," explains Bowyer. "It has been a dominant car every time we have raced it. It is the same car we took to Richmond and looking back that race should have been where my first victory took place. I led a little over 60 laps in Richmond and then a pit strategy cost us that race. But I wouldn't trade getting my first win in Nashville for anything in the world. I have wanted to win at Nashville so bad because that is the track that really has launched my career. I led around 70 laps in Nashville, so I don't see why it should not be as dominant in Kentucky."
Points of Interest...
* Runnin' It...The Real Car Guys will take chassis No. 027 to Kentucky Speedway this weekend. This chassis brought home Bowyer's first NBS victory at Nashville Superspeedway last weekend after starting fifth and leading 70 laps. It also ran at Richmond International Raceway in May and brought home a ninth place finish after starting second and leading 66 laps.
* Track Stat...Bowyer has raced once at Kentucky Speedway and that start came last year on June 19th in the No. 21 Reese's Chevrolet. He started 11th and finished 10th after leading four laps, but was blacked flagged for not slowing soon enough when a late caution came out.
* Laps complete/led...In one race at Kentucky Speedway, Bowyer has completed all 200 laps. Of those 200 laps, he has led four.
* NBS Points...After 15 races in the 2005 season and Bowyer's first NBS victory last weekend, he regained two positions in the points standings. He is now tied with Martin Truex, Jr. for second, 51 markers out of the lead with three top-five and eight top-10 finishes.
* Media Opp...Bowyer will be available outside the No. 2 ACDelco hauler for 30 minutes to field any questions from the media after the second NBS practice on Saturday, approximately from 1:05 pm to 1:35 pm. This exercise will be in effect for the remainder of the year. A reminder will be in each advance updating time and location.
* Start time...Saturday's MEIJER 300 presented by Oreo is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. EDT. TV coverage of the 200-lap event on FX begins at 7:30 pm., with live radio coverage also beginning at 7:30 p.m. EDT on your local MRN Radio affiliate and 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 Kentucky Speedway...
What was your first race there like last year?
"I had a really good car. We didn't unload the best though. We had to work on it quite a bit in practice and ended up getting it pretty good. We were in the top-five all day and had a really good run going. I led four laps right there towards the end and had a really good shot at winning. I fought through some adversity with the power steering going out on me with about 90 laps to go and then a caution came out and NASCAR decided they were going to black flag me for not slowing down quick enough when the yellow came out. It pretty much ruined our day from that point on. There wasn't enough time left for me to come back through the field and without power steering it was too hard to work through the traffic. When I was out front not having any power steering wasn't that big of a deal, but when you try to fight through traffic it makes a world of difference."
Have you tested there?
"We tested there for that race and I have also tested Cup cars twice. I worked on some engine, suspension, and chassis stuff for RCR's Cup shop. They were both great opportunities for me to get some valuable seat time. We decided not to test the ACDelco car at Kentucky this year though."
Did you really give that legendary Gibson guitar to your crew chief Gil Martin after your victory?
"I told him that win was definitely for him, but I am going to get another guitar ordered for him. I kept the one I got right from victory lane. It still has the fingerprints and beer straight from victory lane all over it. I think I may put it in a case just like that."