This Weekend's Hamburger Helper Chevrolet Impala at Michigan International Speedway ... Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis No. 303 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new in 2010, Bowyer drove this Chevrolet...
This Weekend's Hamburger Helper Chevrolet Impala at Michigan International Speedway ... Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis No. 303 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new in 2010, Bowyer drove this Chevrolet Impala to seventh-place finishes at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May and New Hampshire Motor Speedway in June.
Double Duty in Thunder Valley ... In addition to driving the No. 33 Chevrolet in the NSCS race on Saturday night, Bowyer returns to the NASCAR Nationwide Series this weekend to pilot the No. 21 Zaxby's Chevrolet Impala in Friday's Food City 250. The race will be broadcast on ESPN, the Performance Racing Network and SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio beginning at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Meet the Driver and Crew Chief ... Bowyer and crew chief Shane Wilson will sign autographs at Food City Family Race Night on Thursday, August 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. Their session will be held at the General Mills display, located at 629 State Street in Bristol, Va. A limited number of wristbands will be distributed the same location at 4 p.m.
The March race at Bristol didn't end well. What was it like to leave the track so early?
"It wasn't fun. I stopped to get gas and the cashier looked at me and said, 'What are you doing here?!' I said, 'Yeah, that's exactly what I'm asking myself.' It's just one of those things. It's been four or five years since I had an engine failure, and it was my time. It happens to everyone. It's a part of this sport. ECR engines are second to none and it's just part of it."
Were you back home before the race ended?
"I was en route. I stuck around for a little while and just couldn't believe it was happening. It was less than 60 laps, and I was done for the day. It was tough."
You were talking about the engines. How surprised were you that you actually lost an engine since they've been so good?
"I was very surprised that we lost an engine. The most surprising thing, when you think about it, Bristol isn't a track you think about losing engines at. You don't think it would be hard on motors. It was just a part failure. At the end of the day, it's just part of it. You're asking a lot out of those engines. It's unbelievable that they do what they do every race."
Is this the wildcard race for the guys looking to make the Chase?
"I think Bristol is definitely one of those races, but any of these races anymore are wildcards. You have to be able to get it all through the whole race. You can run well, but with the way these things are shaking out at the end, it doesn't matter. You have to be there at the end. You have to make the right decision to put yourself in right position to have a good finish."