Clint Bowyer / REESE'S Racing Federated Auto Parts 300 Pre-Race Notes EVENT INFORMATION - Event: NASCAR Busch Series Federated Auto Parts 300; Time and Date: 8 p.m. EDT, Saturday, June 12; Site: Nashville Superspeedway, Lebanon, Tenn. Live ...
Clint Bowyer / REESE'S Racing Federated Auto Parts 300 Pre-Race Notes
EVENT INFORMATION -
Event: NASCAR Busch Series Federated Auto Parts 300; Time and Date: 8 p.m. EDT, Saturday, June 12; Site: Nashville Superspeedway, Lebanon, Tenn. Live Coverage: FX (television) at 7:30 p.m. EDT and MRN (radio) at 7:45 p.m. EDT; Qualifying: 6:05 p.m. EDT, Friday, June 11, Live on SPEED (television); Happy Hour following NASCAR Touring Series race.
DEFENDING CHAMPIONS -
For the first time in NASCAR Busch Series history, the Owners' Championship and the Drivers' Championship were split. The No. 21 PAYDAY Chevrolet team won the Owners' Championship in commanding fashion, clinching the title at Rockingham with one race remaining in the season. The team finished 261 points ahead of the No. 5 team of Brian Vickers, who claimed the Drivers' Championship. In 2004, the No. 21 Chevrolet carries the REESE'S Peanut Butter Cups colors as the team attempts to defend its title. Harvick will compete in 20 of the 34 Busch Series events this season, and rookie driver Clint Bowyer will drive the No. 21 REESE'S Chevy in the 14 other events on the schedule.
BOWYER'S BACK -
Bowyer returns to the driver's seat of the No. 21REESE'S Chevrolet this weekend after a two-week hiatus. Bowyer last drove the car at Nazareth Speedway in May. Bowyer's exciting run in the April race at Nashville has given the team plenty of excitement as they return to the 1.5-mile facility.
SOMETHING SPECIAL AT NASHVILLE-
While on a recent trip to Hershey, Pa., Bowyer was asked, "If you could pick one track that you could race on every week, what would it be?" Without hesitation, Bowyer quickly responded, "Nashville, without a doubt!" Clint Bowyer likes the Nashville Superspeedway, and it is easy to see why. Bowyer finished second there in his first career ARCA race. He had another strong run there in the NASCAR Touring Series and nearly won the spring Busch Series race. Bowyer credits his performance at Nashville Superspeedway for helping Richard Childress notice him.
A BUSY MONTH OF JUNE -
Bowyer will definitely have a busy month of June. He will compete in three Busch Series events, test at two tracks and fulfill several media and sponsor obligations along the way. After the month winds down, Bowyer will not drive the No. 21 REESE'S Chevrolet again until July 31 at Pikes Peak International Raceway.
HAVE HELMET, WILL DRIVE -
Bowyer has a 14-race schedule in the No. 21 REESE'S Chevrolet, but he has also driven in a variety of other series in 2004. Bowyer has competed in the ARCA Series, the NASCAR West Series and the NASCAR Weekly Series and has tested NASCAR Craftsman Trucks. Bowyer will add a few more series to his resume this year as he continues to gain more seat time.
A NEW HOBBY?-
Bowyer has been a long time Radio Controlled car fan and has an RC truck. After a conversation with Craftsman Truck Series driver Carl Edwards, Bowyer decided to try his luck with an RC airplane. Edwards, a RC airplane owner, gave Bowyer some pointers before Bowyer made his purchase. Bowyer will now be a threat to the skies over Lake Norman, N.C.
THE CAR -
This week, crew chief Ricky Viers will load chassis No. 024 onto the REESE'S transporter. Bowyer drove the car to a fourth-place finish at Nashville in the car's first race.
QUICK QUOTES AND NOTES:
Crew chief Ricky Viers on Bowyer at Nashville-"Clint was real fast there in the spring race. Circumstances prevented him from getting his first win, but we were really proud of him. I look for the much of the same this weekend."
Clint Bowyer on Nashville-
"I love the track. There's just something about it that makes it a lot of fun to drive. I've had some good runs there, and unfortunately came up a little bit short there in the spring. I can't wait to get back there and race on Saturday night under that lights, like racing is meant to be."
On the three Busch Series stand-alone events in June-
"This is my time to try and put it all together. The three tracks that we're going to are all tracks that I think I'll be comfortable at. Obviously we've got Nashville where I've been, but we're testing at Kentucky, and I've been to a couple of tracks in the Midwest similar to Milwaukee. I've got a great team and great race cars, it'll all be good in June."