Talladega: Clint Bowyer preview

This Weekend's BB&T Chevrolet Impala at Talladega Superspeedway ... Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis No. 296 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new Chevrolet Impala that will be put through its first...

This Weekend's BB&T Chevrolet Impala at Talladega Superspeedway ... Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis No. 296 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new Chevrolet Impala that will be put through its first paces this weekend.

Talladega Facts ... In eight NSCS starts at Talladega, Bowyer has earned one top-five and two top-10 finishes. His best start of fifth came one year ago at the famed Alabama superspeedway, and his best finish of fifth came in the October 2008 running of the 499-mile race.

BB&T Colors ... Bowyer's Chevrolet Impala will sport the burgundy, white and gold paint scheme of BB&T this weekend. BB&T, the Winston-Salem, N.C., corporation, has 35 bank branches located within 60 miles of the 2.66-mile Alabama oval.

Site of First NASCAR Pole ... Bowyer earned his first career NASCAR pole award, in just his third career start, for the April 2004 running of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Talladega.

Through Eight ... Despite two Did Not Finishes (DNFs) in the first eight events this season, Bowyer has been running inside the top 15 for 1,768 of the 2,786 (63.5 percent) laps contested. He boasts a 14.3 average start and a 16.9 average finish.

Season Loop ... Based on NASCAR's Loop Data Statistics over the first eight races of the 2010 season, here is how Bowyer stacks up against the competition:

* Speedy ... Bowyer holds the Fastest Speed in Traffic amongst the rest of the competition, a category that ranks each driver by speed when there is another competitor within one car length.

* Go Green ... The Emporia, Kan., native is for tied fifth with RCR teammate Jeff Burton in the Green-Flag Speed category.

* Start and Finish ... The two-time NSCS race winner is ninth fastest in first 25 percent of the laps run since a pit stop and ranks eighth quick in the last 25 percent of the laps run since a pit stop.

* Rating ... Bowyer ranks 10th in the Driver Rating category with a 90.9. The Driver Rating category is based on a formula that combines the following categories: wins, finishes, top-15 finishes, average running position while on lead lap, average speed under green, fastest lap, led most laps and lead-lap finish.

Rearview Mirror ... Bowyer and the No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper team were forced to make an early unscheduled green-flag pit stop due to a cut right-rear tire during Monday's Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway that placed them one lap down to the leader, but the final blow came when the Emporia, Kan., native was collected in a multi-car accident 17 laps shy of the scheduled 334-lap distance. The less-than-desired result dropped Bowyer eight spots, to 14th, in the NSCS point standings, but just one marker separates him from the coveted top 12.

CLINT BOWYER:

Some of the speeds they found during the Talladega spoiler test were 190 plus after they put the smaller restrictor plate on the cars. Is that a good speed or does need to be less?

"I've talked to some people. They said the cars were really fast, they sucked up to one another at a quick rate and they'd push each other like we've seen in the past. I think we might see some adjustments to the plate before we go back there. I think NASCAR gathered enough data and learned a lot, so it'll be interesting to see if they make some changes accordingly."

Do you think the spoiler will make a difference at Talladega?

"No. I think the same principles will apply. I think NASCAR will have it figured out on where they want the speeds to be."

What's the best set-up package for Talladega? Is it speed driven or handling based?

"You have to have bullet. That's the best package there. You have to have a bullet with a big motor in it so you can steam through the field. At the end of the day, what you need is a fast race car."

One of the things NASCAR is trying to do with the rear spoiler is to prevent a car to go airborne when it is backwards. Is that going to help it any?

"I don't know, but time will tell us on this one. We saw cars flip before we ran the COT. I think trying to keep something on the ground that isn't supposed to go backwards at 200 miles per hour is asking a lot."

How is Talladega been for you over the last two years?

"Talladega is one of those places where you can have a good day or get caught up in someone else's mess and have a bad day. Last year, we got wrecked on lap eight and that was frustrating. That ended up leading into three straight 35th-or-worse finishes and, ultimately, knocked us out of having any chance of having a good year. All these tracks are important, but Talladega is one of those places where you either have a good day or a horrible day. There's no such thing as an intermediate day when it comes to Talladega."

-source: rcr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Clint Bowyer