CLINT BOWYER Headed to the Land of Racing History HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (June 27, 2006) -- Clint Bowyer is headed to the land of racing history as he takes to the 2.5-mile tri-oval in Daytona Beach, Fla., for the running of the Winn-Dixie 250...
Headed to the Land of Racing History
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (June 27, 2006) -- Clint Bowyer is headed to the land of racing history as he takes to the 2.5-mile tri-oval in Daytona Beach, Fla., for the running of the Winn-Dixie 250 Friday night under the lights at Daytona International Speedway. Bowyer, like the founders of NASCAR, started his racing career on dirt tracks. Similar to the sandy beaches of NASCAR's early days, Bowyer raced when, where and what he could.
The Emporia, Kan., native won two NASCAR Weekly Racing Series track championships in 2001. The tracks he won the titles at were Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., and Heartland Park in Topeka, Kan. He was also crowned the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Midwest champion in 2002 after capturing double championships for a second straight year. This time it was in two separate divisions; Dirt Modified at Lakeside Speedway and the Late Model asphalt title at I-70 Speedway in Odessa, Mo. That same year he finished a close second in the national point standings with 12 wins, 32 top-five finishes and nine pole positions.
Points of Interest...
* What Ya' Haulin'...The Real Car Guys will take chassis No. 31 to Daytona International Speedway. Bowyer raced this chassis at Daytona International Speedway for this year's season-opener and brought home a third place finish after starting third. Most recently, the ACDelco team started on the outside pole and finished fifth at the Talladega Superspeedway spring race. They have run this chassis at all eight of the superspeedway races in the past two years. Between Bowyer and Ron Hornaday, the chassis has brought home seven top-five starts, four top-five finishes and six top-10 finishes for the No. 2 ACDelco team.
* Track Stat... Bowyer has raced three times at Daytona International Speedway in the NASCAR Busch Series. He started sixth and finished 12th in his inaugural Busch Series race at the superspeedway in February 2005. Bowyer then started fifth in July of 2005 and came home fifth. Most recently, he started third and finished third in the 2006 Busch Series season opener this year.
* Law of Averages...ACDelco driver Clint Bowyer and the ACDelco Real Car Guys have an average starting position of 10.1 for the 2006 race season versus 8.5 in 2005. They also have an average finishing position of 11.4 versus 12.5 last season.
* Points Chase...Bowyer held onto his fourth place position in the NASCAR Busch Series driver's points chase after his 18th place finish at the Milwaukee Mile this past weekend. He is currently 408 points behind his teammate and points leader, Kevin Harvick, 64 points behind second place Denny Hamlin and 30 points behind third place Carl Edwards.
* Start Time...Friday night's 100-lap event at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Live television coverage of the Winn-Dixie 250 will begin on FX at 7:30 p.m. EDT, with live radio coverage beginning at the same time on your local MRN radio affiliate and XM Satellite Radio -- channel 144.
* 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 Daytona International Speedway. He held onto his 18th place position in the Cup point standings after his 16th place finish at Infineon Raceway this past weekend and is currently 769 points out of the lead.
Clint Bowyer on Daytona International Speedway and Dirt Racing...
Has your experience in dirt racing helped you adapt to the different conditions of the racecar?
"In dirt racing, you're sliding sideways all the time so the car is always loose. I haven't been scared to run the car a little loose on the asphalt and do what it takes to make a car good on a long run. To be fast for all 40 or 50 laps of a fuel run, you have to start out pretty free and be able to hold on to the car and keep it underneath you until the fuel burns off the rear and the tires start wearing a little bit."