BUSCH: Fontana II: Clint Bowyer preview

CLINT BOWYER West Coast Bound and Ready Huntersville, N.C. (Aug., 30, 2005) -- With nine races to go in the NASCAR Busch Series season, ACDelco driver Clint Bowyer is second in the point standings and needs to make up a 194 point deficit on...


West Coast Bound and Ready

Huntersville, N.C. (Aug., 30, 2005) -- With nine races to go in the NASCAR Busch Series season, ACDelco driver Clint Bowyer is second in the point standings and needs to make up a 194 point deficit on series leader Martin Truex, Jr. The Emporia, Kan., native is confident Richard Childress Racing is giving him the kind of equipment to get the job done and is looking forward to returning to California Speedway where he finished fourth in his first start at the 2-mile oval in February.

"You couldn't ask for better race cars right now," said Bowyer. "Everyone back at the shop is carrying their weight and has the ACDelco Chevrolet on top of things right now. I think we keep getting better each and every week as a team and I am improving as a driver. I am just looking forward to the rest of the year and hunting that No. 8 car down for the championship. We had a great run there early in the year and are taking back the same car, so hopefully we will have the same success, if not better."

When it comes to the 2005 NASCAR Busch Series championship, it's pretty much a two-man race between Truex and Bowyer. The 26-year old was the highest finishing Busch series regular last weekend in Bristol, Tenn., with a fourth place finish, but only picked up 10 points on Truex who finished sixth. All the Real Car Guys can hope for, is to continue finishing ahead of Truex and let the rest fall into place.

"We are running strong at this point in the season," adds Bowyer. "We have been running in front of Truex here lately, but have just had a few unlucky breaks keep us from getting back to the winner's circle. Our number one goal right now is to finish ahead of Truex in the points. But to do that, we cannot consume ourselves with what is going on with him. We have to go to the track and take care of our business and everything else will fall into place."

Points of Interest...

* Runnin' It...The Real Car Guys will take chassis No. 035 to California Speedway this weekend. They have run this chassis five times this season bringing home a fourth place finish in February at California Speedway. Then a seventh place finish in the inaugural Mexico City, Mexico race and a ninth place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March. It was last run at Phoenix International Raceway in April where it brought home a 13th place finish, and most recently at Pikes Peak International Raceway where it finished second after leading 152 laps and starting on the pole.

* Million Dollar Man...After Bowyer's fourth place finish last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, he reached the one million dollar mark in earnings for the 2005 season. His winnings for the year rest at $1,000,680 heading to California Speedway.

* Track Stat...Bowyer made his debut at California Speedway earlier this year on February 26th. He finished fourth after starting 11th.

* NBS Points...After 26 races in the 2005 season, Bowyer sits second in the points standings. He's now 194 markers out of the lead with one win, eight top-five and 16 top-10 finishes.

* Media Opp...Bowyer will be available outside the No. 2 ACDelco hauler for 30 minutes to field any questions from the media after the final NBS practice on Friday, approximately from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 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's Ameriquest 300 is scheduled for 8:35 p.m. EDT. TV coverage of the 150-lap event on NBC begins at 8:35 p.m., with live radio coverage also beginning at 8:35 p.m. EDT on your local MRN Radio affiliate and XM Satellite Radio. Remember times and dates of the race may change so check your local listings.

No. 2 ACDelco driver Clint Bowyer on California Speedway ...

"Fuel Mileage sometimes plays a key there, what can you do throughout the race to conserve fuel?"

"Just on cautions and stuff like that there are little things you can do to keep those butterflies shut and not use as much gas under the yellow. I think that is the most important thing and where you can save as much gas as possible. Other than that you are hammer down on a track like California. The carburetor is full boar that's for sure."

How hard will it be to make up 194 points on Truex?

"It will be hard, but it's not impossible. Some of the Cup guys trying to make the Chase are setting a good example right now of how it needs to be done. The bottom line is we have to run better than the No. 8 car. We need to win races, finish strong, and stick to our plan. Our consistency has been our staple this season and if we continue to do what we have been doing, everything should work out just fine."


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Drivers Martin Truex Jr. , Clint Bowyer