CLINT BOWYER Tested and Ready for Michigan Huntersville, N.C. (Aug., 16, 2005) -- ACDelco driver Clint Bowyer heads to Michigan International Speedway (MIS) 122 markers behind series leader Martin Truex, Jr., but feels a recent test at MIS is...
Tested and Ready for Michigan
Huntersville, N.C. (Aug., 16, 2005) -- ACDelco driver Clint Bowyer heads to Michigan International Speedway (MIS) 122 markers behind series leader Martin Truex, Jr., but feels a recent test at MIS is exactly what they needed in preparation for Saturday's running of the Domino's Pizza 250. Bowyer and the Real Car Guys tested at MIS the Tuesday before they left for Watkins Glen and feel they have some good notes to work with when they take to the 2-mile oval this weekend.
"I think we had a good test. We hit on some good things that we are pretty happy with," said Bowyer. "We worked on some changes and combinations that depending on what the track is like when we go back we should have several good options to work with and compensate for it. I felt like we were pretty fast, so hopefully everything will be fine."
Bowyer left the Glen fairly unharmed in the points race which is exactly what the No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet team had hoped for. The plan now is to continue riding the positive momentum into Michigan this weekend. This is an extremely important race for the team especially with the added pressure of being in the backyard of the sponsor's headquarters.
"We knew Watkins Glen would possibly pose some problems for us especially since it was my first time there," said Bowyer. "And we knew we stood a chance losing some ground on Truex in the points chase since he had raced on that track several times in the Busch North series. We were extremely happy to overcome all that we did last weekend and get out of there not any further back than we are from him now."
Points of Interest...
* Runnin' It...The Real Car Guys will take chassis No. 039 to Michigan Int'l Speedway this weekend. This chassis was first run at Texas Motor Speedway in April. It brought home a sixth place finish after starting 29th. It has since run at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May where it brought home a 32nd place finish after a cut-tire caused the poor finish. It started ninth. And most recently, it has run at Chicagoland Speedway where it brought home a sixth place finish after starting 24th.
* Track Stat...This will be Bowyer's first start at Michigan Int'l Speedway.
* Testing 1,2,3...Bowyer tested at Michigan Int'l Speedway last Tuesday prior to leaving for Watkins Glen, N.Y. He feels they had a very successful test and hopes he can shave the points off that Martin Truex, Jr. gained on him last weekend.
* ACDelco Stat...ACDelco has compiled a record of one win, three top-five finishes and four top-10 finishes at MIS. With the GM Headquarters close by, it is only fitting that the No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet puts on a good show. In 1998, Dale Earnhardt, Jr finished fifth and led 13 laps after starting 10th and in 1999 he put the ACDelco Chevy in victory lane after starting third and leading 69 laps. In 2000, Kevin Harvick finished ninth after starting third and leading 12 laps and in 2001 he finished second after starting seventh and leading five laps. Bowyer hopes he can put ACDelco back in the spot light at MIS since they finished outside the top-15 the last three years with drivers Johnny Sauter and Ron Hornaday Jr. behind the wheel.
* NBS Points...After 24 races in the 2005 season, Bowyer sits second in the points standings. He's now 122 markers out of the lead with one win, seven top-five and 15 top-10 finishes.
* Start time...Saturday's Domino's Pizza 250 is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. EDT. TV coverage of the 125-lap event on TNT begins at 3:00 p.m., with live radio coverage also beginning at 3:00 p.m. EDT on your local MRN Radio affiliate and XM Satellite Radio. Remember times and dates of the race may change so check your local listings.
No. 2 ACDelco driver Clint Bowyer on Michigan International Speedway ...
You have got to be looking forward to making your first start at MIS this weekend?
"Yeah I am. From what I have seen and the little bit of track time that I have from our test, it definitely is a place where the groove is wide and is a racy race track. You don't have to pin your car down on the bottom like you do at a lot of other places. You can slip up a little bit and chase it up the track and keep the hammer down. Where as, at Chicago, Kansas, places like that, you move up out of the groove a half-a-car length and you're in the wall. They race two, three wide there all day long, so it looks like a cool race track."
You guys seem to be on top of your game. What are your thoughts?
"Yeah, all the guys that are on the road with me and back at the shop are doing awesome right now. The engine shop has been doing a good job of getting us really good motors and I think they have been working on some stuff that will be good in Michigan. I know that's a big horsepower race track and they are going to do everything they can to get us a good motor. Our mile-and-a-half program and intermediate size track set-ups and our aero package are on top of it right now. I think we are really on top of our game and looking forward to the rest of the season."