Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Clint Bowyer close to grabbing first Martinsville grandfather clock

Clint Bowyer is 18/1 to win Sunday at Martinsville
CORNELIUS, N.C. — The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series travels to the final short track race of the season, Martinsville Speedway. The .533-mile track typically produces plenty of beating and banging with the winner getting one of the most coveted trophies on the circuit– a seven-feet tall grandfather clock.

Clint Bowyer knows how to get around the paperclip-shaped track in his AAA Insurance Toyota. He has finished in the top 10 in 11 of 17 races. In the last four races he has finished fifth, second, third and ninth. He led three times in April and was in position to win before he had trouble in the pits while leading and finished ninth.

Bowyer will drive the chassis that nearly won in April again this weekend. It’s the perfect track and the perfect time for a win and his statistics certainly show this could be the weekend he clocks into victory lane.

Are you looking forward to Martinsville?
“Heck yes I am. We’ve been close and were really close earlier this year, like we could have won the thing, but things just didn’t go our way. We’re due for a win and we should have a shot again at Martinsville. Brian Pattie (crew chief) has won at a bunch of tracks but not at Martinsville. He keeps saying he wants a grandfather clock and we’re going to do everything we can to get this AAA team a win and get him a clock.”

Chassis No. 806 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Martinsville. This chassis raced at Martinsville in April where Bowyer finished ninth. Chassis No. 787 serves as the back-up chassis. This chassis served as the primary chassis for Martin Truex Jr. in last October’s Martinsville race where he finished 16th.

He had to wait until Sunday after rain delayed the Dirt Track World Championship in Portsmouth, Ohio, Saturdayevening. But it was well worth the wait as Clint Bowyer won his first championship as a team owner. Don O’Neal finished fourth in the No. 5 Peak/Crawford Supply Barry Wright race car, clinching his and Clint Bowyer Racing’s first championship in the Lucas Oil Late Models Series.

O’Neal went into the race leading the standings by 75 points. He was batting three-time and defending series champion Jimmy Owens for the title. Owens finished third but it wasn’t enough to hold off O’Neal who finished 65 points ahead of Owens in the final standings.

* Four top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in 17 starts
* Completed 8,389 of 8,534 laps (98.3%) and has led 323 laps
* Average start 15.4 and average finish 12.4
* One DNF (did not finish) – October 2010

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Michael Waltrip and his dancing partner, Emma Slater, scored a 30 out of 40 from the Dancing with the Stars’ judgeson Monday night. The pair danced the Argentina Tango to Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything”. Fans can vote for Waltrip and Slater by calling 1-800-868-3409, voting on Dancing with the Stars Facebook page or going Phone voting begins Monday at 8 p.m. ET and ends one hour after the show. Online voting ends Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET. One couple will be eliminated on a live show, Monday, Oct. 27 at 8 pm ET on ABC. Follow the couple’s progress on social media: Twitter: @mw55 @emmaslaterdance Instagram: @emmaslaterdance @mwr55

Clint Bowyer attended Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday night in Kansas City. Before the game Bowyer visited with Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie. Guthrie met the Kansas native earlier this year when Guthrie visited Phoenix International Raceway during Spring Training.

- Michael Waltrip Racing

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