A Win Right around the Corner? Maybe at Lowe's! Huntersville, N.C. (May 24, 2005) -- If you saw the last NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) race at Richmond International Raceway then you definitely thought Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 2 ACDelco ...
A Win Right around the Corner? Maybe at Lowe's!
Huntersville, N.C. (May 24, 2005) -- If you saw the last NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) race at Richmond International Raceway then you definitely thought Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet, was well on his way to claiming his first NBS victory. However, after leading the most laps, 66 to be exact, and having the dominant car all evening, an untimely pit stop cost the Emporia, Kan. native the victory.
Bowyer has put that race behind him now and the what if's have dwindled, but that doesn't take away his undying desire to capture that elusive win. This Saturday night under the lights at Lowe's Motor Speedway (LMS) might be just as good a time as any for Bowyer to continue to close in on that win that is still right around the corner. The Real Car Guys have tested at LMS and feel they will have another strong car right off the hauler. Look for the No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet to be running up front in the Carquest Auto Parts 300.
"I really feel like we are close to that first win, especially after that Richmond race," says Bowyer. "I definitely feel like we let one slip away from us. I led the most laps and had the dominant car, but we just got greedy there at the end and maybe pitted when we shouldn't have. The fastest car doesn't always win. No matter what though, after that run we all believe a win is just right around the corner.
"Our test got cut short due to rain so, I didn't get to run a lot of laps. We are pretty confident we can go back there and unload fast. I think we were a few laps away from being pretty stellar during the test before it got rained out. I am really excited to get our No. 2 ACDelco Chevy going again."
Points of Interest...
* Runnin' It...The Real Car Guys will take chassis No. 039 to Lowe's Motor Speedway this weekend. This chassis was brand new prior to the Texas race on April 16, 2005. It brought home a sixth place finish after Bowyer rallied from a 29th starting position.
* Track Stat...Bowyer has one race under his belt at Lowe's Motor Speedway. He drove the No. 33 of Kevin Harvick, Inc. to a 10th place finish after starting 12th on October 15, 2004.
* Testing 1, 2, 3... Bowyer participated in a rain shortened one day test at Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 10, 2005 prior to the Richmond race.
* On Deck... Okuma America Corporation will be on the deck lid of the No. 2 Chevrolet this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway and at Dover International Speedway. Okuma America Corporation is the United States based affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (Computer Numeric Controls) and machining technology, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. Okuma has been the official CNC machine manufacturer for Richard Childress Racing since 2000. The Charlotte operation is the headquarters for the manufacturing and training facilities for the North and South American operation.
* NBS Points...After 12 races in the 2005 season, Bowyer sits second in points, with two top-five and seven top-10 finishes. Bowyer now sits 180 markers out of first.
* Media Opp...Bowyer will be available outside the No. 2 ACDelco hauler for 30 minutes to field any questions from the media in between the two NBS practices on Friday, approximately from 10:30 am to 11:00 am. This exercise will be in effect for the remainder of the year. A reminder will be in each advance updating time and location.
* Start time...Saturday night's Carquest Auto Parts 300 is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. EDT. TV coverage of the 200-lap event on FX begins at 6:30 pm., with live radio coverage also beginning at 6:30 p.m. EDT on your local PRN Radio affiliate and on XM Satellite Radio -- channel 144. Remember times and dates of the race may change so check your local listings.
No. 2 ACDelco driver Clint Bowyer on Lowe's Motor Speedway...
What was your impression of the new surface at LMS two weeks ago during your test?
"The track was definitely a lot smoother and faster and it has a lot more grip. From the looks of the Truck and All-star Cup race, the racing is a lot faster and the high side seemed to be a groove where they were running more so than in the past. I am looking forward to another night of exciting racing no matter what."
Talk about revisiting Lakeside Speedway during your off weekend?
"It was fun to go back and I about won the race in a guy's car I had never driven before. In the heat race my carburetor went out on me. I had to start in the back of the B race and ended up winning the B. I had to start 21st in the main race and made it all the way to the front and then on the last lap I made a pass around the leader down the backstretch. The cushion was three feet off the wall and I got down into turns 3 and 4 a little hot and hit the wall enough for him to get back around me to finish second. It was a heck of a race."
How nice is it to be racing close to home?
"Man, I love it. This month of May has been a great part of the schedule. We have had two Friday night races which gave us Saturday and Sunday at home, a weekend off, and now we get to race pretty much in our backyard. It is really great for my guys who are constantly away from their families. Everyone on this ACDelco team is really looking forward to Saturday night."