BUSCH: Watkins Glen: Clint Bowyer preview

CLINT BOWYER No Experience, No Sweat for Bowyer at 'The Glen' Huntersville, N.C. (Aug., 9, 2005) -- This weekend the NASCAR Busch Series will add another page to their history books with their return to Watkins Glen International in Watkins...

CLINT BOWYER
No Experience, No Sweat for Bowyer at 'The Glen'

Huntersville, N.C. (Aug., 9, 2005) -- This weekend the NASCAR Busch Series will add another page to their history books with their return to Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. for the running of the Zippo 200 on Saturday, August 13, 2005. Along with the series return to the Glen since 2001, it will mark the first time the series has run multiple road-course races in a season. ACDelco driver Clint Bowyer is looking forward to the return, where he will make his second start on a road-course in his career.

"When we ran on the road-course in Mexico City early in the season I really had no idea what to expect," said Bowyer. "We had tested for that race, but I had never competed in a race on a road-course until we went to Mexico. I feel a little easier about heading into this race now that I have one race on a road-course under my belt."

On March 6th, the NASCAR Busch Series ran its first points-paying race outside the United States. That event took place at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City where Bowyer started 13th and finished seventh in his first road-course race. The Emporia, Kan. native will back behind the wheel of that same No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet chassis and hopes he can experience the same success.

"My guys gave me a great car in Mexico," added Bowyer. "They definitely helped me get around all the left and right turns. We tested at the Glen before leaving for IRP last week, but we ended up not having that good of a test. I think we will be alright though. If we can qualify good enough and if my guys give me great stops like they have been doing, then we should be able to maintain some good track position and get out of there with another top-10 finish."

Points of Interest...

* Runnin' It...The Real Car Guys will take chassis No. 045 to Watkins Glen International this weekend. This chassis made its debut at the inaugural Mexico City event in March. It brought home at seventh place finish after starting 13th at the 2.528-mile road course.

* Track Stat...This will be Bowyer's first trip to Watkins Glen International. He has only competed on one other road course in his career and that start took place at the inaugural Mexico City event in March.

* ACDelco Stat...ACDelco compiled a record of three top-five and four top-10 finishes at the Glen, before the NASCAR Busch series quit racing there in 2001. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. took ACDelco to victory lane in 1998 and then gave them an eighth place finish in 1999. Kevin Harvick gave them back-to-back third place finishes in 2000 and 2001.

* The NBS Returns...The NASCAR Busch Series returns to the Glen this weekend for the first time since 2001. The series began competing at the Glen in 1991. This weekend also marks the first time the series has run multiple road-course races in a season.

* NBS Points...After 23 races in the 2005 season, Bowyer sits second in the points standings. He's now 85 markers out of the lead with one win, seven top-five and 15 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 first NBS practice on Friday, approximately from 1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. 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 Zippo 200 is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. EDT. TV coverage of the 80-lap event on NBC begins at 2:00 p.m., with live radio coverage also beginning at 2:00 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 Watkins Glen International ...

You mentioned the test didn't go that well. What happened?

"I ended up wrecking and ended our day early. I wheel hopped the car and lost control of it. I did end up getting to take a few laps around in (Kevin) Harvick's car though. It was weird. Three out of the top-four drivers in the Busch series wrecked. (Reed) Sorenson, (Carl) Edwards and I, all wrecked."

Two out of your last three races you have had a dominant car that could have won. It's got to be a tough pill to swallow?

"It definitely is. To have had such a dominant car in Pikes Peak and then loose it on the second to last lap was the tougher of the two to swallow. But I have been just as equally hard on myself about both races. In IRP my feet were still wet from the rain delay and my shoe slipped off the brake. It caused me to lose track position that I couldn't gain. I really hate it for my guys as much as for myself. They have given me really great cars that should have rewarded them with wins. I have a feeling I will knock off another win before too long."

-rcr-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Kevin Harvick , Clint Bowyer