Thursday, April 6, 2017

Clint Bowyer carries momentum into Texas

Clint Bowyer is 25/1 to win Sunday at Texas. 
CLINT BOWYER, Driver of the No. 14 Haas Automation Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:

What are the new secrets to success on the newly repaved Texas Motor Speedway?

“For Texas it’s all about having the sheer speed. On those 1.5-mile tracks, you have to have a car that unloads fast. You can be a little bit tight or a little bit loose but, if that car isn’t making grip, making downforce and having the speed on the racetrack, then you are going to struggle. Unloading a fast hot rod right off the truck is going to be so important because you are going to have to qualify well and have that track position to be a contender.”

Bowyer Notes of Interest:

 Sunday’s race will mark Clint Bowyer’s 404th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start and 23rd career Cup Series start at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, where he owns three top-five finishes and 10 top-10s and has led 85 laps.

 Bowyer owns career totals of eight wins, two poles, 59 top-five finishes, 170 top-10s and 2,338 laps led in 402 NASCAR Cup Series races. He also owns eight Xfinity Series victories. He is eighth in the Cup Series standings after six races.

 His most recent Cup Series victory came at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (Oct. 13, 2012).

 His most recent Cup Series pole came at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (Sept. 16, 2007).

 Bowyer in 2017: A 17-car accident on lap 127 of the Daytona 500 collected Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford and left him with a 32nd-place finish. At Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bowyer started 24th and climbed to third with 85 laps remaining before contact with another car and a cut tire left him with an 11th-place finish. At Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the No. 14 Ford team struggled early but improved throughout the race to finish 10th. At Phoenix International Raceway, Bowyer drove from 17th to 13th in overtime. Bowyer repeated his overtime feat at Auto Club Speedway when he drove from sixth to third in the added laps to record his best finish of 2017. Last weekend at Martinsville, Bowyer overcame a midrace accident to finish seventh, posting his fifth consecutive top-13 finish.

 Tony Stewart and Gene Haas co-own Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), which has recorded 37 victories and 31 poles since its inception in 2009. Stewart won the 2011 NASCAR Cup Series title and Kevin Harvick gave SHR its second title in 2014. SHR’s Kurt Busch won this year’s seasonopening Daytona 500.

- True Speed Communincations

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