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Clint Bowyer Team ACDelco Prepped and Ready for California Huntersville, N.C. (Feb. 22, 2005) -- "If there isn't one bottle of wine bottled or there aren't anymore barrels filled this year at the winery then that is what will be done," ...

Clint Bowyer
Team ACDelco Prepped and Ready for California

Huntersville, N.C. (Feb. 22, 2005) -- "If there isn't one bottle of wine bottled or there aren't anymore barrels filled this year at the winery then that is what will be done," explained Richard Childress about is determination to get back to being competitive last week at the 20th Anniversary press conference with GM Goodwrench in Daytona Beach, Fla.,. And don't think that statement only applies to his four NEXTEL Cup series entries either.

Even though Childress' Busch teams have been right in the mix the last couple of years, they have fallen just short in capturing another title. In the off-season, RCR and Team ACDelco took advantage of four tests that apply to the first four races of the 2005 NASCAR Busch Series season in hopes they can get off to a great start with another young gun behind the wheel, Clint Bowyer.

"Richard is as serious as he has ever been this year," comments Bowyer. "And he is as determined to win another championship in the Busch series as he is in the Cup series. We feel like these first four races are going to be a very critical part of the schedule because of how demanding the travel is as well as there being a new track and new race outside of the country thrown into the mix. If we can get a good jump on these next three races then all the work in the off-season will have paid off."

Team ACDelco headed to the West Coast on January 31 -- February 4, 2005 shortly after completing the Preseason Thunder testing at Daytona International Speedway. Their first stop was at California Speedway where they had another successful test and where this Saturday's running of the Stater Bros 300 is set to take place.

"We left Daytona testing feeling confident heading to California," adds Bowyer. "We took two cars to try to get a feel for them and get them where we like them. We wanted to see which one was going to be best for this track. We left California testing as confident as we did when we finished up testing in Daytona so, I am ready to get back to the West Coast for this weekend's race."

Points of Interest...

* Runnin' It... Team ACDelco will take chassis No. 035 to California Speedway this weekend. This chassis was run once last year with Ron Hornaday behind the wheel at Atlanta Motor Speedway on October 30, 2004. It brought home a 14th place finish after Hornaday got caught up in a wreck when Reed Sorenson got into the back of Clint Bowyer who was driving the No. 21 Reese's Chevrolet at the time.

* Track stat...Bowyer's only appearance at California Speedway took place last year in a Winston-West series race. Bowyer was well on his way to finishing first when he lost third gear on the last restart and ended up finishing second to Ken Schrader.

* Start time...for Saturday's Stater Bros 300 is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. EST. TV coverage of the 150-lap event on FOX begins at 5:30 p.m. with live radio coverage beginning at 5:30 p.m. EST on your local MRN affiliate as well as 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 California Speedway...

What was the biggest thing you guys took home from the test?

"The tires were our biggest concern. They seemed to fall off a lot quicker than we thought they would. The tires felt great and are good overall, but I am really going to have to make sure I don't wear them out any faster than they are already going to. The tire situation really leaves a lot up to the driver and should make for an exciting race."

How did the wind affect you guys during the test?

"Yeah the wind did disturb my car a little bit. I had a little bit more trouble in one corner than the other. With the wind blowing so hard we were kind of teasing ourselves, but all-in-all we were really happy with the car and all that we learned from the test. I definitely don't think we will be seeing the same lap times this go around."

Talk a little bit about your season opening race last weekend that didn't end as it looked like it would.

"I was definitely disappointed with how that race ended up for us. We had car that ran in the top-5 and top-10 all day long. I thought for sure we were going to get out of there with a top-5 finish, but then I over shot my pit with 15 laps to go and Shawna Robinson stopped short in hers. When I attempted to leave the pits I got hung up on her right rear tire carrier which cost us some valuable time and positions. I really hated it for my guys because they were on their game all day giving me great stops and then I slipped up there at the end. It was definitely frustrating."

No. 2 ACDelco crew chief Gil Martin on California Speedway...

Your thoughts on the new impound procedure and how it will affect your guys?

"Well to be honest the travel is what wears everybody down so hopefully NASCAR can figure out the travel schedule in the near future. It is definitely a step in the right direction though. My guys are a hardworking group and seldom ever take time away from their duties and the ACDelco car. If this new procedure will allow my guys to get away from the track to do what they do to relax, then it will affect my guys greatly."


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Drivers Ken Schrader , Shawna Robinson , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Clint Bowyer , Reed Sorenson