Bristol: Clint Bowyer preview

* This Weekend's BB&T Chevrolet Impala at Bristol Motor Speedway ... Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis No. 268 from Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Bowyer drove this Chevrolet three times last season, finishing 11th at ...

* This Weekend's BB&T Chevrolet Impala at Bristol Motor Speedway ... Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis No. 268 from Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Bowyer drove this Chevrolet three times last season, finishing 11th at Dover International Speedway in June, 10th at Michigan International Speedway two weeks later and third at Pocono Raceway in August.

* Milestone Start ... This weekend's 500-lap race at BMS marks Bowyer's 150th career NSCS start. In 149 NSCS starts, Bowyer has earned two wins (New Hampshire Motor Speedway -- Sept. 2007 and Richmond International Raceway -- May 2008), two poles (Darlington Raceway - May 2007 and NHMS -- Sept. 2007), 21 top-five and 64 top-10 finishes. The Emporia, Kan., native has led 774 laps, boasts an average finish of 15.5 and has been running at the finish in 144 of the 149 races. Bowyer made his NSCS debut at Phoenix International Raceway in April 2005, where he started 25th and finished 22nd.

* Bowyer in Thunder Valley ... In eight NSCS starts at Bristol, the two-time NSCS race winner has earned two top-five and four top-10 finishes. Bowyer boasts an 18.6 average start, to go along with a 15.2 average finish and has led 81 laps while completing 97.8 percent (3,923 of 4,013) of the laps contested at the .533-mile oval.

* Former Bristol Winner ... Bowyer and the No. 2 BB&T team won the rain-shortened 171-lap NASCAR Nationwide Series race at BMS in March 2008. He started fourth and led a race-high 122 laps en route to the victory.

* Starting Out Strong ... Over the first four events this season, Bowyer has earned one top-five and three top-10 finishes. He has an average start and finish of 10.8. Additionally, Bowyer has led 46 laps and has been running inside the top 15 for 799 of 1,066 laps contested (75.0 percent), third most amongst his competitors.

* Rearview Mirror ... Bowyer finished 23rd in the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway two weeks ago. The Shane Wilson-led team rebounded from an early flat tire to lead the field to the first of two green-white-checkered flag restarts. As the field exited turn four, the No. 33 BB&T Chevrolet was collected in a multi-car accident, resulting in the team's first non top-10 finish of the 2010 season.

* Let's Get Ready to Rumble ... On Friday, Clint 'The Bruiser' Bowyer will go head-to-head with reigning BMS Wii Boxing Champion Elliott 'Bam Bam' Sadler. This free event begins at 6:35 p.m. inside the BMS hospitality village. Other NSCS drivers set to duke it out include A.J. Allmendinger, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Scott Speed.

* Burning Rubber ... Goodyear has invited Bowyer to test their new high-performance street tire at Road Atlanta on Wednesday. The 30-year old driver will go out and push a Chevrolet Corvette Z06 to its limit and give his feedback on the tires, which are set to hit stores early this summer.

* Homecoming ... Michael Hodges, shock specialist for the No. 33 team, is the only member of the BB&T crew that calls the Tri-cities area his home. Hodges grew up in Abingdon, Va., where he graduated from Abingdon High School in 2001.


What track would you send a person to who has never been to a race?

"As a race fan, if someone asked me where to go to watch a race, I'm sending them to Bristol first. Then they go around and see the other tracks. You haven't seen a race track until you've seen Bristol. It's an awesome spectacle of what we do as race car drivers and as a sport."

What's your opinion on the new safer barriers that have been added to Bristol?

"I'm a fan of the way the racing surface is right now. I like the two-wide racing and I think you'll still be able to do it there. I don't think the safer barriers will change the racing much. I like being able to run side-by-side and being able to race your way around somebody. Bristol has always been one of my favorite race tracks and the fans always get their monies worth no matter how wide or narrow it is."

What's your opinion on the new racing surface at Bristol?

"It's better because you can race side-by-side and you don't have to just clean somebody out. I do see, as a fan, that there are not as many cautions and you don't see the emotions flare up as much, but it's definitely created better racing. It's still Bristol. We're still racing in and out of two-wide traffic. It's just a little cleaner racing than what the fans used to see there."

Can you describe what Bristol is like for a driver?

"Bristol can get you in trouble quickly. You have to be able to get in there, get settled in and get comfortable. If you can't, you're in for a rude awakening, big time."

-source: rcr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Scott Speed , Clint Bowyer , Michael Ho , Brad Keselowski , Joey Logano , Kyle Busch
Teams Richard Childress Racing