CLINT BOWYER Bowyer Looks to Keep Momentum Rolling at The Milwaukee Mile Huntersville, N.C. (June 21, 2005) -- ACDelco driver Clint Bowyer normally may not consider The Milwaukee (Wis.) Mile one of his favorites on NASCAR's 35-race Busch...
Bowyer Looks to Keep Momentum Rolling at The Milwaukee Mile
Huntersville, N.C. (June 21, 2005) -- ACDelco driver Clint Bowyer normally may not consider The Milwaukee (Wis.) Mile one of his favorites on NASCAR's 35-race Busch Series schedule. But, with his recent string of success and the fact that his team of Real Car Guys are hitting on all cylinders right now, the 26-year old is looking forward to keeping the momentum rolling. This Saturday night's running of the SBC 250 in Milwaukee, Wis., will be a great test for the team to find out if they are where they want to be, or if there is still more work that needs to be done.
"Milwaukee is not one of my favorite tracks," said Bowyer. "But, our team is really rolling right now. This is a great opportunity to see if we can have success somewhere that was not necessarily marked on our calendar as one of my best tracks. The ACDelco team won their last year with (Ron) Hornaday behind the wheel, so I hope to pick up where they left off."
Since Bowyer's 32nd place finish at Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 28th, and his 19th place finish at the "Monster Mile" on June 4th, the Emporia, Kan., native has rebounded with a win in Nashville, Tenn., on June 11th and a third place finish last weekend in Sparta, Ky.
"It sure has been nice to overcome the couple of poor finishes we have experienced here recently with a win and a third place finish," adds Bowyer. "Top-five finishes are what win championships and that is our goal this weekend. There is a lot of racing left, as I have said before, and these stand alone events are key in building momentum for the rest of the year. That is what we plan to do."
Points of Interest...
* Runnin' It...The Real Car Guys will take chassis No. 027 to The Milwaukee Mile this weekend. They have run this chassis three times this season, and it brought home Bowyer's first NBS victory at Nashville Superspeedway two weekends ago after starting fifth and leading 69 laps. It ran at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway in May and brought home a ninth place finish after starting second and leading 66 laps. Most recently at Kentucky Speedway last weekend, Bowyer started 16th and finished third.
* Track Stat...Bowyer has raced once at The Milwaukee Mile, and that start came last year on June 26th in the No. 21 Reese's Chevrolet. He started 21st and finished 10th.
* Sponsor Stat...ACDelco has been to Victory Lane twice at The Milwaukee Mile. Their first win came with Dale Earnhardt, Jr., on July 5, 1998, and their second win came last year on June 26 with Ron Hornaday.
* NBS Points...After 16 races in the 2005 season, Bowyer sits third in the points standings. Now 51 markers out of the lead with four top-five and nine 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 second NBS practice on Saturday, approximately from 12:35 p.m. to 1:05 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 SBC 250 is scheduled for 9:05 p.m. EDT. TV coverage of the 250-lap event on FX begins at 8:30 p.m., with live radio coverage also beginning at 8:30 p.m. EDT on your local MRN Radio affiliate and 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 The Milwaukee Mile...
What was your first race there like last year?
"It was what I call an ugly 10th place finish. We struggled all day long and didn't qualify very well, so we are definitely looking to improve on our performance from last year. We had a couple good pit strategies that helped us gain some track position but we just fought all day long. It definitely wasn't easy, that's for sure."
The ACDelco car went to Victory Lane there last year with Hornaday. How much extra pressure does that add?
"It adds a little. This team is used to running well on these short flat tracks where Hornaday was really good. It is going to be a tough weekend. This isn't one of my most favorite tracks, but we have had good cars all year long, so Gil assures me that we are going to unload good and be alright. We are taking the same race car that we ran at Richmond, and we should have won Richmond. It is a short track, so I think we will be alright."
There have been 14 NASCAR Busch Series races at The Milwaukee Mile and seven of those winners - 50% -- have gone on to win the series championship the same year they won the race. What are your thoughts on the correlation between winning the race and claiming the series title?
"Wow, I was unaware of that. That is a pretty strong stat. I would like to win the race no matter what. If it so happens, that stat plays a role in the championship, then so be it. I try not too look to deep into stats like that. I just want to go out there and run well each and every weekend. I think Milwaukee is a good turning point just before we get to Daytona, which marks the second half of the season. It definitely will be important to run well there even if we don't win."