Clint Bowyer Real Car Guys Carry Momentum Back to the West Coast Huntersville, N.C. (March 8, 2005) -- The grueling first four races of the 2005 NASCAR Busch Series schedule is coming to a close as teams prepare to head back to the West Coast...
Real Car Guys Carry Momentum Back to the West Coast
Huntersville, N.C. (March 8, 2005) -- The grueling first four races of the 2005 NASCAR Busch Series schedule is coming to a close as teams prepare to head back to the West Coast once again before a string of East Coast races begin. However, not all teams have the momentum to help carry them through such a demanding schedule as do the Real Car Guys on Team ACDelco. Clint Bowyer is coming off another top-10 finish in Mexico City, Mexico and carries the momentum of one top-5 finish and two top-10 finishes in the last two races to Las Vegas, Nevada for the running of the Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 12, 2005.
"It truly does help mentally and physically when you run really well and can put together some good finishes during such a demanding start to a season," explains Bowyer. "There isn't one person on our team that isn't looking forward to the next race right now. You can tell everyone is feeling good about things and the way we have been running. Nobody can wait until we get to the next track."
Bowyer had a strong run going in Daytona, Fla. before a slip in the pits cost him a top-five finish. But he has rebounded since with a fourth place finish in Fontana, Calif., and a seventh place finish in Mexico City, Mexico. The Emporia, Kansas-native was sitting 12th in points after Daytona, fourth in points after California, and now he sits third in points after Mexico, just 82 markers out of first. Bowyer looks to continue to make his climb in the point standings this weekend in Sin City.
"We had another great points day in Mexico," says Bowyer. "Who knows, if I hadn't slipped up in Daytona we may have been second and even closer to the top spot in the standings right now. But we are plenty happy to be sitting third in the standings. It is pretty cool to have the No. 21 and No. 2 in the top-three. We just look to keep the ball rolling and not get too far ahead of ourselves. We are going to continue to focus on one race at a time."
Points of Interest...
* Runnin' It... The Real Car Guys will take chassis No. 035 this weekend to Las Vegas, Nevada. This chassis is the same chassis that brought home Bowyer's fourth place finish at California Speedway two races ago.
* Testing 1,2,3... The second part of Bowyer's West Coast test that took place in February included Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The car handled and drove better than his California test so, a repeat performance of his fourth place finish at California Speedway is likely if not better.
* Off to a great start... Bowyer is off to a great start this season and is sitting third in the 2005 driver point standings. He has jumped from 12th to third in three races, with one top-five finish and two top-10 finishes.
* Start time...for Saturday's Sam's Town 300 is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. EST. TV coverage of the 200-lap event on FX begins at 3:30 p.m. with live radio coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m. EST on your local PRN 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 Las Vegas Motor Speedway...
Were you guys able to walk away from your Las Vegas test feeling as good about it as your previous tests?
"Yeah actually we thought the Vegas test was a little better than our California test. So, I am looking forward to going back to the West Coast and hopefully repeating California if not a little better. The Vegas test gave me some good seat time as well because I have never raced there. The car was really good just like it was in California. It drove really well and it handled good so, hopefully we will follow the same game plan, unload and be fast right from the start."
Now that the historic NASCAR Mexico event has come and gone what are your thoughts?
"I'm obviously glad we ran in the top-10 and it was a pretty successful day for me especially since it was my first time on a road course. It was a dark area that we weren't sure of heading into, but looking back on it I thought the trip turned out really nice. The hotel we stayed in was extremely nice and the way the fans over there embraced us was truly a neat experience. But I am glad it is over with and glad to be back racing in the United States on familiar ground where we can get back to turning left."
Does it surprise you that you are sitting third in points this early in the season?
"No, not really. You know before a season you always sit down and assess your goals and one of my goals was to be right where I am. Looking back on the Daytona race, that set me back a little farther than I want to be. Obviously we had are strong run there all day long, but just didn't get the finish that we were looking for. It is still really early and we just need to keep the top-five's and top-10 finishes coming to continue to have great points days"
Sitting third in points, are you already beginning to think about points racing?
"Absolutely not. My goal is to win every race, but you obviously can't win every weekend. Your good days are your good days, but the teams that win championships are the teams that can turn bad days around and get every possible point they can. The more top-five's and top-10's we can get early and the more points we can gain now will help us in the long run when we come across the less fortunate races down the road."