This Week's Zaxby's Chevrolet at Talladega ... Clint Bowyer will drive Chassis No. 053 in this weekend's Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway. This car has been completely rebuilt since John Wes Townley's 23rd-place finish in the season-opener...
This Week's Zaxby's Chevrolet at Talladega ... Clint Bowyer will drive Chassis No. 053 in this weekend's Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway. This car has been completely rebuilt since John Wes Townley's 23rd-place finish in the season-opener at Daytona Int'l Speedway in February. In 2009, Bowyer drove this Chevrolet to Victory Lane at Daytona in July, as well as a third-place finish in the season opener at the "World Center of Racing" in February. Bowyer also raced this chassis twice in 2008, at Daytona in February and at Talladega in April, where he finished 25th in both events after being involved in accidents.
Looking for a Little Luck ...One year ago, a mid-race incident caused Bowyer to finish 31st in the NNS race at Talladega despite leading two laps. Bowyer, the 2008 NNS champion, has a lower-than-expected average finish at the track -18.9 -compared to an average finish of 10.7 in his overall NNS career. However, he has finished as high as fifth at the track and is hoping to improve upon that finish this weekend in the Zaxby's Chevrolet.
Former Pole sitter ... Bowyer earned his career-first NNS pole award at Talladega Superspeedway in his first attempt at the track in April 2004. In six NNS starts at Talladega, Bowyer has never started outside of the top 10.
You're running the Nationwide Series event in addition to the Sprint Cup Series race. What's the package like for those cars? It seems like an exciting race.
"The Nationwide cars have always run well at the restrictor-plate races. It's always exciting. It's a fun track and one of those places where you either have a really good day or a really bad day. You have to bring a fast car to Talladega and Dan Deeringhoff and the rest of the No. 21 Zaxby's team have prepared a very good car for this race, so I'm excited."
As a driver, is it exciting to race at Talladega?
"It's extremely exciting because as long as you can keep up with the draft, you have a shot to win. You can qualify dead last and it really doesn't matter because you've got a shot to win if you make the right moves. It makes for an exciting race, that's for sure."