This Week's Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Clint Bowyer will race Chassis No. 283 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new in 2010, this No. 33 racer made its debut at...
This Week's Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Clint Bowyer will race Chassis No. 283 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new in 2010, this No. 33 racer made its debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March, where Bowyer finished 23rd following a late-race contact that cut down his left-rear tire.
350 NASCAR Starts for Clint ... When Bowyer takes the green flag for Friday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, it will mark his 350th career NASCAR national series start. The Emporia, Kan., native is a veteran of all three of NASCAR's national touring divisions, with 175 career starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, 167 career starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and seven starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Double Duty Wheelin' ... In addition to his driving duties with the No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet Impala, Bowyer, an eight-time race winner in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, will pilot the No. 21 Zaxby's Chevrolet Impala in the Dollar General 300 on Friday, October 15. Live coverage of the 200-lap event will be televised on ESPN2 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
With seventh- and sixth-place finishes, respectively, in the last two races at Charlotte, do you think you guys have that place figured out? "Well, I don't know if we have it figured out. We haven't won there yet, but we've certainly had some solid runs there. I'm looking forward to getting back there and running at home, sleeping in my own bed and everything that comes with racing there in Charlotte. It's an important race for all of us. All of the guys on the team have their families come out, and we want to run well for them."
Everyone talks about cookie-cutter tracks and mile-and-a-half tracks. At the end of the day, all of those tracks are different. What makes Charlotte unique? "It's fast. It's real fast. Ever since they repaved it, there's been a lot of grip. You can move around a little bit at Charlotte. Nine times out of 10, if I can get that outside line rolling, I can get myself a good finish. It's one of those races where you have to be able to roll through the center well, be on the gas and make those straightaways as long as possible."
Why do you need the outside line to run better? "It's just the momentum. It's such a fast race track that being able to carry that momentum off the corners so that you can make that race track as big as possible is huge. Not having to pinch the car off on the bottom on a long run is big, too, as the tires wear out and that's crucial."