Martinsville: Clint Bowyer preview

* This Weekend's BB&T Chevrolet Impala at Martinsville Speedway ... Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis No. 267 from Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Bowyer drove this Chevrolet three times last season. So far in 2010, the...

* This Weekend's BB&T Chevrolet Impala at Martinsville Speedway ... Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis No. 267 from Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Bowyer drove this Chevrolet three times last season. So far in 2010, the No. 33 team has used this Impala in two test sessions at Darlington Raceway and Rockingham Speedway's Little Rock.

* Bowyer at the Paper Clip... In eight NSCS starts at Martinsville, the two-time NSCS race winner has earned one top-five and four top-10 finishes. Bowyer boasts a 20th-place average start to go along with a 13.2 average finish while completing 99.9 percent (4,007 of 4,011) of the laps contested at the .526-mile oval. The Emporia, Kan., native registered his best NSCS start of third, and finished fifth at the paper clip-shaped Virginia oval last March.

* Loop D' Loop ... According to NASCAR's loop data specifics, Bowyer's 14.85 average running position ranks him eighth best amongst his NSCS competitors at Martinsville. Additionally, the two-time NSCS race winner has been running inside the top 15 for 62.5 percent (2,506 of 4,011) of the laps contested.

* Former Martinsville Pole Winner... Bowyer earned the pole for the July 2006 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Martinsville and led 58 laps en route to a runner-up finish.

* Rearview Mirror ... Early engine woes left Bowyer and the No. 33 BB&T Chevrolet team with a 40th-place finish in last Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The less-than-desired result dropped Bowyer seven spots, to 12th, in the NSCS point standings, 173 markers behind current point leader and RCR teammate Kevin Harvick.

* Come Meet Clint ... Bowyer will sign autographs at the No. 33 merchandise trailer on Sunday, March 28 from 9:15 to 9:30 a.m. Located in the track's midway, tickets for autographs are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis due to time constraints.

* On The Home Front ... While none of the No. 33 crew members are natives of the Martinsville area, approximately half of them reside close enough that they will make the daily commute from their homes to the speedway.

CLINT BOWYER:

Is Martinsville the right place to bring back the spoiler?

"Yes, because the spoiler will not affect the race's outcome as much as another track we run on. For our team, it's good because we've worked hard for Martinsville with going to Rockingham (Speedway) twice to learn some things. I feel like we'll head to Martinsville with a good car and put on a good show."

Do you feel that going back to the spoiler is a good move?

"I do. We needed to do something. It's a change a fan in the stands can see. They're obviously asking for a little bit better racing and this will improve it for sure. I'm excited about it."

Is Martinsville the 'perfect payback' race track in terms of getting even or retaliation?

"Yes and no. There is no perfect place to do it. We have to be careful when talking about paying someone back. It doesn't happen as often as people think it does. In the end, there is too much at stake. We have to go out there and give it our all for our sponsors week in and week out. So, we need to be careful about taking someone out. We've been doing a better job of that and I think that will continue to improve."

You had a good run last March. Do you think you can back up that finish this year?

"I feel good about it. We've worked hard at getting better at Martinsville. We've honed in Martinsville as a track we needed to get better at and I need to get better at. Like I said, we've tested at Rockingham for this race and I think we're definitely going to be better."

-source: rcr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Clint Bowyer
Teams Richard Childress Racing