Thursday, October 20, 2011

Bowyer Looking For Second Straight Talladega Fall Win

Clint Bowyer
No. 33 Chevy 100 Years Chevrolet

This Week’s Chevy 100 Years Chevrolet at Talladega Superspeedway … Clint Bowyer will pilot chassis No. 338 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This Chevrolet Impala was originally a No. 27 racer that has been driven three times this season by RCR teammate Paul Menard in the Daytona 500 (started-19th, finished-ninth), at Talladega Superspeedway in April (started-fifth, finished-12th) and at Daytona International Speedway in July (started-10th, finished-eighth).

Career Talladega Stats … The Good Sam Club 500 marks Bowyer’s 213th NSCS start.

o In 11 NSCS starts at Talladega, Bowyer owns one win, three top-five and five top-10 finishes.
o He has completed 80.2 percent (1,675 of 2,089) of the total laps contested at TSS during his career.
o The Emporia, Kan., native has led 63 laps at the 2.66-mile oval.
o Bowyer owns a 21.1 average starting position and a 17.8 average finishing position.

100 years of Chevy … Richard Childress Racing will honor Chevrolet’s 100years with a special silver-and-black paint scheme on the No. 33 Chevrolet driven by Bowyer this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.The hood from the No. 33 Chevrolet 100 Years Chevrolet Impala and the race-worn firesuit of driver Bowyer will be auctioned by Chevrolet to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program. The hood will be signed by Richard Childress as well as Bowyer and his RCR NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teammates: Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick and Menard. Childress and Bowyer will also sign the firesuit.

Site of First NASCAR Pole … In just his third NASCAR start, Bowyer earned his first career NASCAR pole award for the April 2004 running of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Talladega.

Defending Champion … Bowyer and RCR teammate Kevin Harvick finished 1-2 in last October’s Talladega 500. The trip to Victory Lane with Bowyer gave car owner Richard Childress his 11th victory at the 2.66-mile superspeedway. Bowyer led nine times for 19 laps on the way to his fourth career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory.

So Close in April … Bowyer led a race high 15 times for 38 laps as the No. 33 BB&T Chevrolet team narrowly missed a second consecutive trip to Victory Lane at Talladega Superspeedway, finishing a NASCAR-record tying 0.002 seconds behind race winner Jimmie Johnson in a four-wide finish in the Aaron’s 499.

Looking Back on Charlotte … After a 19th-place qualifying effort on Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bowyer’s No. 33 Chevrolet became really loose with 20 minutes remaining in Friday’s final Sprint Cup Series practice session and made significant contact with the outside retaining wall, forcing the “Helping Hands” pit crew to bring out the backup chassis for Saturday night’s Charlotte 500. Bowyer and the No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet team ended up 24th in the 334-lap event with a backup car.

Points Racing … Bowyer remains 13th in the NSCS driver championship point standings with five races remaining in the 2011 season.


What do you think of the recent rule changes at Talladega Superspeedway? What kind of race do you think it will be now?
“I am looking forward to seeing what the rule changes are going to do. It’s a step in the right direction. Do I think it will fix the two-car tandem? I really don’t know. I am reluctant to answer right now. Only time will tell.”

Did you like the two-car tandem at superspeedways?
“It’s not really up to me, you or anyone, but the fans. If the fans don’t like it, then I don’t like it and no one likes it. If they love it, then everyone loves it. We are in show business and here to put on a show. It’s as simple as that.”

There are times at Talladega Superspeedway when you have to give a little bit to avoid causing “the big one.” If you’re racing a Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contender, do you give them a break?
“Unfortunately, you can’t. As soon as you try to be consciously aware of a specific individual and try to give them something to help them or whatever, you’re probably putting them in more danger by not going with the flow of things and making sure everything is right. That’s kind of a tough to juggle at a track like Talladega Superspeedway.”

- Richard Childress Racing, Press Release

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