Bowyer says Charlotte is huge in the pursuit of a championship

Bowyer Says Charlotte Motor Speedway Brings Top-Level Entertainment for Both Pre-Race Festivities and the Main Event

CORNELIUS, N.C. – Clint Bowyer’s No. 15 Pink Lemonade 5-hour ENERGY Toyota returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway for Saturday night’s 500-mile race - the fifth stop in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Bowyer, who walked a mini-tightrope at the track with Nik Wallenda in August, hopes his race on the 1.5-mile oval will end in victory lane. He isn't the only one who hopes to make it to victory lane at Charlotte.

Clint Bowyer, Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
Clint Bowyer, Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota

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Wallenda, the world famous tight-rope artist, plans to walk on a cable suspended over 100-feet above ground, from the speedway’s upper deck grandstand to a platform raised above victory lane a part of the track’s pre-race show.

CHARLOTTE: “This race at Charlotte is huge – for everybody. Not just for the drivers, but for the team owner, the crew – this is home for all of them. A win here right in your own back yard – it doesn’t get a whole lot bigger than that.”

MOVING PAST TALLADEGA: “We couldn’t ask for a better season then what we’ve had. Yeah, we stubbed our toe a little bit last week in Talladega, but that is Talladega. I thought I was where I needed to be when I needed to be there and it just didn’t happen this time. With everything that has happened this year we are still in a good spot. We have some ground to make up for a Championship, but we are still in this deal and I plan to be right there at the end.“

CHARLOTTE PRE-RACE EVENT: “What Nik Wallenda (World famous tight rope walker) does is just insane! I watched his Niagara Falls tight rope walk and let me tell you something, that was pretty amazing. The height, the distance – if you look up and see the top of those grandstands at Charlotte Motor Speedway – man, I’m telling you it’s a little bit nerve wracking to get up there and look down over the edge, but can you image standing on a 5/8 inch cable standing in the middle of over 100,000 people just waiting for you to make a mistake and have a bobble. I couldn’t image the pressure and the feeling that goes through your mind to accomplish that. I’m going to look forward to it. That is definitely something to look forward to.

“It’s always really neat to see what they are going to do that Charlotte. Pre-race in my opinion is a big deal. That sets the tone for what’s to come for our fans and I think Charlotte Motor Speedway has always done just a great job creating an electrifying atmosphere for the fans before we put on a show.”

ON CHASE STRATEGY: “We’ve been right up there in terms of consistency knocking out top-10s about as good as anyone and we’ve had some bad luck and some adversity that we’ve had to overcome, but if we can start turning some of those top-10s into top-five and maybe a win or two over the last six races we’ll be there at the end.”

Source: Toyota Motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Clint Bowyer
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing
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Tags bowyer, charlotte, toyota, waltrip