BUSCH: Talladega: Clint Bowyer preview

CLINT BOWYER ACDelco Real Car Guys Looking for Redemption at Talladega Superspeedway HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (April 25, 2006) -- Coming off a disappointing finish at Phoenix International Raceway, the ACDelco race team is looking for a great finish...

CLINT BOWYER
ACDelco Real Car Guys Looking for Redemption at Talladega Superspeedway

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (April 25, 2006) -- Coming off a disappointing finish at Phoenix International Raceway, the ACDelco race team is looking for a great finish at Talladega Superspeedway this Saturday, April 29, after the running of the Aaron's 312. Bowyer and the ACDelco Real Car Guys finished 21st at Phoenix International Raceway after a controversial call put them in the middle of the field for the last 12 laps of the race. The ACDelco Chevy came home in shambles as a result of a multi-car accident Bowyer was involved in with two laps to go in the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 due to restarting in the 23rd position.

The ACDelco race team hopes to put their bad luck behind them as they head to Talladega Superspeedway. Richard Childress Racing (RCR) is on a steady comeback this season and the No. 2 ACDelco pilot hopes to be the next RCR driver in victory lane.

Bowyer has proven he has what it takes to win superspeedway races. He has one pole position, four top-five starts, five top-10 starts and two top-five finishes between the two Superspeedway tracks on the NASCAR Busch Series circuit.

Points of Interest...

* What Ya' Haulin'...The Real Car Guys will take chassis No. 31 to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. Bowyer raced this chassis at Daytona International Speedway for this year's season-opener and brought home a third place finish after starting third. They have run this chassis at all seven of the superspeedway races in the past two years. Between Bowyer and Ron Hornaday, the chassis has brought home six top-five starts, three top-five finishes and five top-10 finishes for the No. 2 ACDelco team.

* Firsts...Clint Bowyer got his first-ever NASCAR Busch Series Pole at Talladega Superspeedway in April 2004.

* Track Stat...Bowyer has raced two times at Talladega Superspeedway. In his third start of his NASCAR Busch Series career in 2004, he grabbed the pole, but finished 22nd after he was wrecked by Bobby Hamilton, Jr. with two laps to go.

He then started in fifth for the April 2005 event and came home in the 19th spot due to his involvement in three accidents.

* Points Chase...Bowyer moved up to the second position in the NASCAR Busch Series drivers' points chase after his finish at Phoenix International Raceway. He is currently 289 points behind his teammate and points leader, Kevin Harvick. The No. 2 ACDelco race team also moved up one position, and took command of second place in the NASCAR Busch Series owners' points chase, 298 points behind their teammates Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton in the No. 21 Coast Guard Chevrolet.

* And Then There Were Two...Clint Bowyer and his Richard Childress racing teammate, Kevin Harvick are the only Busch Series drivers to complete all 1,688 laps of NASCAR Busch Series competition for the 2006 race season.

* Record Holder...Clint Bowyer holds the current record in the NASCAR Busch Series for most consecutive races finished on the lead lap. He has completed every race since Memphis in 2005 on the lead lap, which brings his total to 13 races.

* Start Time...Saturday's Aaron's 312 is scheduled for 3:10 p.m. EDT. Live television coverage of the 117-lap event will begin on FOX at 3:00 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 on Friday 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 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS. He is currently 12th in the Cup Series point standings and 308 points out of the lead.

Clint Bowyer on Talladega Superspeedway...

Talk about grabbing the pole your first year at Talladega Superspeedway.

"It really is a testament to everybody back at RCR, especially in the fab and engine shop. I can't say enough about how fortunate I am to be a part of such a great organization. RCR has had a good superspeedway program for some time now. I think it makes for a great combination, so I am excited to get back there."

You didn't have a lot of luck at last year's race, talk about what happened.

"We had a really great race car and it got totaled. I hated it for the guys because they gave me an awesome car. We were involved in three wrecks that we had no control over. It made for a really frustrating day. I was just glad it was over and thankful that we were able to pick up one spot in the point standings after the day we had."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Burton , Bobby Hamilton , Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Clint Bowyer
Teams Richard Childress Racing