Busch Series Returns to Martinsville Speedway After Decade Absence and Bowyer is Ready HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (July 18, 2006) -- The NASCAR Busch Series is heading to Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., for the first time since 1994 to...
Busch Series Returns to Martinsville Speedway After Decade Absence and Bowyer is Ready
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (July 18, 2006) -- The NASCAR Busch Series is heading to Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., for the first time since 1994 to compete in the Goody's 250 this Saturday. Although this is the first trip to Martinsville for most of the Bush Series regulars, ACDelco driver Clint Bowyer is at a bit of an advantage.
Bowyer competed in both a NEXTEL Cup Series race and a Craftsman Truck Series race earlier this season at the .526-mile paper clip-shaped speedway. After starting the Truck Series race in the third spot, Bowyer quickly caught on to the driving style of the racing surface and finished in seventh place. He then went on to compete in the Cup Series event the next afternoon and came home in the 22nd spot after starting 42nd.
For the first time this season, Bowyer will use the knowledge he gained from competing in the NEXTEL Cup Series to assist him with racing the ACDelco Chevrolet in the NASCAR Busch Series. Prior to this weekend, the Busch Series has been the "test session" for Bowyer to prep him for Cup. However, this weekend the two series will swap roles as NEXTEL Cup has acted as the test session in April. Now he is returning in the ACDelco Chevrolet with experience under his belt thanks to his Cup ride.
Points of Interest...
What Ya' Haulin'... The Real Car Guys will take chassis No. 59 to Martinsville Speedway this weekend. The ACDelco race team has built this chassis brand new for the 2006 race season and it will make its Busch Series debut on Saturday.
Track Stat... Bowyer has raced two times at Martinsville Speedway. He competed in both the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races earlier this season. He started the Truck Series race in third and finished seventh on April 1. The next afternoon he started 42nd in the Cup Series race and came home in the 22nd spot.
Testing One, Two, Three, Testing... Clint Bowyer will test the ACDelco Chevrolet at Martinsville Speedway during the open test session this Thursday between 12:00 noon and 7:00 p.m. EDT.
Substitute Driver... Brandon Miller will be behind the wheel of the ACDelco Chevrolet this weekend during both practice sessions and qualifying. Due to Miller qualifying the "Blue Deuce", Bowyer will have to start the Goody's 250 from the back of the field.
Start Time... Saturday's 250-lap event at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Live television coverage of the Goody's 250 will begin on TNT at 3:00 p.m. EDT, with live radio coverage at the same time on your local MRN radio affiliate and XM Satellite Radio--channel 144.
Points Chase... Bowyer held on to third place in the NASCAR Busch Series driver's points chase after his fifth place finish at New Hampshire International Speedway this past Saturday. He is currently 387 points behind his teammate and points leader, Kevin Harvick, and 79 points behind second place Carl Edwards.
Double Duty... ACDelco driver Clint Bowyer will also be competing in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series for Richard Childress Racing in the No. 07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS this Sunday at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. He held onto 16th place in the point standings after his 27th place finish at New Hampshire International Speedway last Sunday. He is currently 765 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.
Clint Bowyer on Martinsville Speedway...
What are your predictions for this weekend?
"Now that I have a little experience at Martinsville, I have more confidence there. Even though I didn't do the best when we raced there earlier this season, I think the Busch Series race is going to be really exciting. I'm going to have to start from the back of the field because I won't make it in time to qualify, but that's alright. We'll just have to show them what we've got and battle our way through the field to the front."