Bowyer, Phoenix International Raceway, share history this weekend DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 20, 2005) -- The NASCAR Busch Series will add another note to its historical timeline Friday night. Realignment of the schedule has resulted in two...
Bowyer, Phoenix International Raceway, share history this weekend
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 20, 2005) -- The NASCAR Busch Series will add another note to its historical timeline Friday night. Realignment of the schedule has resulted in two races at Phoenix International Raceway beginning this season. The event will also be the first held under the lights in any of NASCAR's three national series at the one-mile venue.
A bit of personal history is on the line as well for Clint Bowyer (No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet), who looks to make his first NASCAR Busch Series start at Phoenix. The 25-year-old native of Emporia, Kan., is also scheduled to attempt his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start at Phoenix on Saturday.
Bowyer has been solidly entrenched in third place in the NASCAR Busch Series point standings for the last six races, and comes to the desert southwest 90 points behind second-place Reed Sorenson (No. 41 Discount Tire Co. Dodge).
"I think everything has been going really well so far, considering this has been my first time seeing several of the tracks," Bowyer said. "[Despite] the crew and me [being] so new working together, I think we're right where we hoped and thought we would be.
"It's going to be a busy week in Phoenix, but I think we can handle it," he said. "I'm glad that I'll have my normal NASCAR Busch Series crew working with me on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup car. We're already on the same page."
That Bowyer is confident in his performance nine races into his first full season in the NASCAR Busch Series should come as no surprise. In 17 starts last year sharing time with Kevin Harvick in the No. 21 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Chevrolet, he registered four top five and seven top-10 finishes, including his first Busch Pole at Talladega. He is also a product of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series, having won the 2002 Midwest Region title.
Harvick, Bowyer's teammate with Richard Childress Racing, won the 2001 NASCAR Busch Series championship in the same No. 2 entry, while the ACDelco sponsorship was also carried by the last driver to win consecutive series titles -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 1998-99.
"Kevin has been as good a mentor as anybody in my career," Bowyer said. "He speaks my language, and nine times out of 10 he has an answer.
"It's an honor to be in a car with so much history. I didn't feel as much pressure getting into the car this year as I did last year in the 21 car for some reason. Everything has just clicked for us. I'm looking forward to the rest of the season."