BUSCH: Nashville II: Clint Bowyer preview

CLINT BOWYER The Challenge: It's All About the No. 2 HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (June 6, 2006) -- The challenge: Two races - two states - two days -- two wins. Can it be done? The answer is yes! ACDelco driver Clint Bowyer is ready to face the challenge...

CLINT BOWYER
The Challenge: It's All About the No. 2

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (June 6, 2006) -- The challenge: Two races - two states - two days -- two wins. Can it be done? The answer is yes! ACDelco driver Clint Bowyer is ready to face the challenge of traveling back and forth between the NASCAR Busch series and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup series races being held in two different states in two days and all the while concentrating on taking home his second win at Nashville Superspeedway. "I think we have a good game plan for this weekend," said a confident Bowyer about wheeling the No. 2 ACDelco car at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday in Nashville, Tenn.'s Busch race and running the No. 07 Richard Childress Racing Cup entry at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., on Sunday.

Bowyer along with his RCR teammate, Kevin Harvick will be flying between the two locations on Harvick's private plane logging in a 1642 mile round trip flight. The RCR duo, along with five other NASCAR drivers, is participating this weekend in both events.

Bowyer is not sure what to expect, but feels that it will be a great experience none-the-less. He has had a great 2006 season in both series and knows that this opportunity will add to his success. And speaking of additions, the 27 year-old Bowyer is planning on adding a second guitar to his personal collection as he has his eye on the famed Sam Bass designed Gibson guitar that is given to the winner of the Busch race in Nashville.

After bringing home a second place finish in April of this year at Nashville Superspeedway, Bowyer and his ACDelco team are more determined than ever to take the "Blue Deuce" into Victory Lane on Saturday at Music City. After all Bowyer won his first Busch Series race in June of 2005 at Nashville Superspeedway and it only seems fitting that the win is repeated for the second time in a weekend filled with the number two.

Points of Interest...

* What Ya' Haulin'...The Real Car Guys will take chassis No. 41 to Nashville Superspeedway. This is the same chassis that brought Bowyer a second place finish in the April event at Nashville (Tenn.) after starting on the outside pole. The team also raced this chassis twice last season. It started 10th and finished 16th at Kansas Speedway in October and finished seventh after starting 20th at Texas Motor Speedway on November 5, 2005.

* Track Stat -- One Through Five... Bowyer has raced five times at Nashville Superspeedway in the NASCAR Busch Series. He is five for five, meaning he has finished first, second, third, fourth and fifth at the 1.333-mile oval. He carries the title for most top-five finishes at Nashville Superspeedway. Most recently, Bowyer finished second in the first Nashville race of this season.

* Law of Averages...ACDelco driver Clint Bowyer and the ACDelco Real Car Guys have an average starting position of 10.2 for the 2006 race season versus 8.4 in 2005. They also have an average finishing position of 12.8 versus 12.7 last season.

* Points Chase...Bowyer held on to third position in the NASCAR Busch Series driver's points chase after his 4th place finish at Dover International Speedway this past weekend. He is currently 403 points behind his teammate and points leader, Kevin Harvick, and 106 points behind second place Carl Edwards.

* Start Time...Saturday's 225-lap event at Nashville Superspeedway is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Live television coverage of the NASCAR Busch Series race 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 Saturday 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 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. He fell one position in the Cup point standings after his 17th place finish at Dover International Speedway and is currently in the 16th spot, 612 points out of the lead.

Clint Bowyer on Nashville Superspeedway...

How hectic do you think this weekend's schedule is and what are your travel arrangements?

"I think we have a good game plan for this weekend, so that should make it a lot less hectic than it could be. It's going to be weird flying back and forth, but it's worth it. I'm going to be flying with Kevin (Harvick) on his plane. We're going to stay in Pocono until our final Cup practice on Saturday and then we'll get on the plane for Nashville in time for qualifying and the race."

Do you think that this weekend will take a lot out of you due to traveling back and forth between the races?

"I'm not sure how bad it's going to be, but I bet that by the end of the month, I'm going to be happy we're running at the same track. I've seen what it can do to guys, so I'm just trying to prepare myself for it both physically and mentally. I'm making sure to get enough rest and I'm eating a lot better and drinking a lot of liquids to stay hydrated. The last thing I want to have to do is travel back and forth with an I.V. in my arm."

You were a little disappointed with your second place finish in April at Nashville Superspeedway. Please explain why and if it is going to be different this time around.

"Yeah definitely, I was just really disappointed at the last Nashville race. I thought we had the win and felt like we handed it over to Harvick, so of course I was a little upset afterwards. When you dominate a race all day long and then you basically hand it over to someone else, it really stinks. But, that's in the past and our team has been clicking a lot more lately and we're going to go back with more determination and confidence than before."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer
Teams Richard Childress Racing