BUSCH: Texas: Clint Bowyer preview

CLINT BOWYER Bowyer Has the "Know How" at Texas Motor Speedway HUNTERSVILLE, N.C., (April 4, 2006) -- ACDelco pilot, Clint Bowyer really knows how to work his way through the field at Texas Motor Speedway. He is hoping for a better starting...

Bowyer Has the "Know How" at Texas Motor Speedway

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C., (April 4, 2006) -- ACDelco pilot, Clint Bowyer really knows how to work his way through the field at Texas Motor Speedway. He is hoping for a better starting position than he had in the past for the O'Reilly 300 on Saturday, April 8, but knows he has the knowledge if needed to work his way to the front of the field.

Bowyer made his NASCAR Busch Series debut in 2004 at the 1.5-mile quad oval in Fort Worth, Tex., but after starting in the sixth spot, he came home a disappointing 36th. He wrecked early in the race and limped the ACDelco Chevy around the track in order to complete 93 of the scheduled 200 laps.

The 2005 season brought the ACDelco Real Car Guys two top-10 finishes at Texas Motor Speedway. During the April race, Bowyer qualified 29th, but managed to sift his way through the field. With stellar pit stops on behalf of the ACDelco pit crew, he came home in the sixth position. The Emporia, Kan., native continued to have bad luck in qualifying at the Nov. 5 Busch Series race. After qualifying in the 20th spot, Bowyer wrecked on his second lap and had to bring out the back-up car for the race. He started at the back of the 43-car field and once again, Bowyer rallied through the field to secure the seventh spot by the end of the race.

Bowyer knows what it takes at Texas Motor Speedway and wants to wear the cowboy hat in Victory Lane after the ACDelco Real Car Guys finish first in the O'Reilly 300.

Points of Interest...

* What Ya' Haulin'...The Real Car Guys will take chassis No. 35 to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. They brought home a 14th place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Mar. 13 this season. Last season, the team ran this chassis at five races including California Speedway for both Busch Series events, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, and Pikes Peak International Raceway. It gathered one pole, three top-five and four top-10 finishes.

* Track Stat...Bowyer has raced three times at Texas Motor Speedway. He debuted in the NASCAR Busch Series in 2004 at Texas Motor Speedway and came home in the 36th spot after a wreck. Bowyer returned to the 1.5-mile quad oval in 2005 and brought home two top-10 finishes after starting 29th and 20th respectively.

* Points Chase...Bowyer maintained the fourth position in the NASCAR Busch Series Drivers' points chase after his finish at Bristol Motor Speedway. He is currently 161 points behind his teammate and points leader, Kevin Harvick. The No. 2 ACDelco race team dropped from fourth to sixth place in the NASCAR Busch Series Owners' points and is 162 points behind their teammates Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton in the No. 21 Coast Guard Chevrolet.

* One of Four...Clint Bowyer is one of four drivers to complete every lap of NASCAR Busch Series competition for the 2006 race season. He along with Kevin Harvick, Jon Wood and Jason Keller have completed all 1,051 laps of competition.

* Start Time...Saturday's O'Reilly 300 is scheduled for 3:10 p.m. EDT. Live television coverage of the 200-lap event will begin on FOX at 3 p.m. EDT, with live radio coverage beginning at 3 p.m. EDT on your local PRN radio affiliate and XM Satellite Radio -- channel 144.

* Double Duty...ACDelco driver, Clint Bowyer will be competing in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series for Richard Childress Racing in the No. 07 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS for the sixth time this season. He is currently 16th in the Cup Series point standings and 289 points out of the lead. He also leads all NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers with 621 green flag passes for position in 2006.

No. 2 ACDelco driver Clint Bowyer on Texas Motor Speedway...

When I say Texas Motor Speedway, what are your first thoughts that come to mind?

"Fast. It's a track that we run good at and I have a lot of confidence there. It's a good track to get things turned back around after the couple of bad races we've had. I'm looking forward to getting some good finishes."

Judging from your performance at both races at Texas Motor Speedway in 2005, you really know how to work your way through the field. What are your secrets to getting around the track so well?

"A good set-up is key and it's a good testament to the guys. We seem to run good at intermediate tracks and we should do the same this weekend. We wrecked during qualifying last season and came back for a good finish. I'm just looking forward to having a good race there."


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Drivers Jason Keller , Kevin Harvick , Jon Wood , Clint Bowyer
Teams Richard Childress Racing