BUSCH: Chicagoland: Clint Bowyer preview

CLINT BOWYER Chicago: It's all About Family HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (July 5, 2006) -- A large number of NASCAR drivers have family members at the track to cheer them on from time to time. ACDelco driver Clint Bowyer, on the other hand, has his...

CLINT BOWYER
Chicago: It's all About Family

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (July 5, 2006) -- A large number of NASCAR drivers have family members at the track to cheer them on from time to time. ACDelco driver Clint Bowyer, on the other hand, has his parents at the track to cheer him on each and every weekend. Chris and Jana Bowyer travel across the country in their motorhome every weekend to cheer their son on. The Bowyer family has been very close throughout Clint's racing career and continues to be so. The Emporia Kan., native started racing motocross at five-years-old and switched to racing cars at 16.

Jana, Clint's mom, used to drive him from dirt-track to dirt-track so he could race. Chris, Clint's dad, was busy driving their oldest son Andy around to all of his motocross races. The family often seemed to be traveling to different parts of the country at different times, but through it all remembered that they were doing what they loved most, and that was racing.

Bowyer hopes to give his parents something to cheer about this weekend as he takes to the 1.5-mile tri-oval in Joliet, Ill., for the running of the USG Durock 300 on Saturday afternoon. If the ACDelco Chevrolet graces victory lane, you will undoubtedly see Chris and Jana Bowyer smiling from ear to ear next to their son.

Points of Interest...

* What Ya' Haulin'...The Real Car Guys will take chassis No. 27 to Chicagoland Speedway this weekend. This is the first time the ACDelco team has raced this chassis in the 2006 season. However, it has a good history with Clint Bowyer and the ACDelco crew. Last season Bowyer raced this car seven times. He captured one win at Nashville Superspeedway, two top-five finishes and five top-10 finishes. He has also qualified on the outside pole with chassis No. 27 at Richmond International Raceway.

* Track Stat...Bowyer has raced twice at Chicagoland Speedway in the NASCAR Busch Series. His first start came on July 10, 2004, in the No. 33 Monaco Coaches Chevrolet of Andy Petree. He started 40th and finished 42nd after problems with the rear end put him in the garage early. Bowyer qualified the ACDelco Chevrolet 24th last season and came home in the sixth spot at the end of the day.

* Law of Averages...ACDelco driver Clint Bowyer and the ACDelco Real Car Guys have an average starting position of 9.9 for the 2006 race season and an average finishing position of 12.1.

* Points Chase...Bowyer gained one position in the NASCAR Busch Series driver's points chase and is now third after his sixth place finish at Daytona International Speedway this past weekend. He is currently 423 points behind his teammate and points leader, Kevin Harvick, and 35 points behind second place Carl Edwards.

* Start Time...Saturday's 200-lap event at Chicagoland Speedway is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Live television coverage of the USG Durock 300 will begin on TNT at 3:30 p.m. EDT, with live radio coverage beginning at the same time on your local MRN radio affiliate and XM Satellite Radio -- channel 144.

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* Double Duty...ACDelco driver Clint Bowyer will also be competing in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series for Richard Childress Racing in the No. 07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS at Chicagoland Speedway. He held onto his 18th place position in the Cup point standings after his 10th place finish at Daytona International Speedway this past Saturday and is currently 702 points out of the lead.

Clint Bowyer on Chicagoland Speedway...

Talk about your first trip to Chicago. You didn't seem to have very good luck your first time out.

"My first trip to Chicago was pretty short. But no matter what, I am still very appreciative of the opportunity Andy Petree gave me. The car was spinning out loose and we tried to fix it several times, but we were still two seconds off the pace. We just couldn't seem to put a finger on it. It was a weird deal, but like I said I can't thank Andy enough for the opportunity. I just wish I could have made more laps."

Now that the hectic schedule of flying back and forth between the Busch and Cup races is over for the time being, do you think you will be back in the ACDelco car next season?

"I probably don't want to run all of them. Just like this month, this was a crucial month for us and maybe it took away from a few races. I hate to think it, but maybe my mind wasn't 100% on it. We didn't have the time to go up in the lounge after practice and go over what changes needed to be made. It makes a big difference when I get to practice the car because I get a better feel for what it's doing. But, with everything considered, we had great races. I owe that to the team and to Brandon (Miller) for practicing the car and getting it ready for me."

-rcr-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Andy Petree , Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer
Teams Richard Childress Racing