|Clint Bowyer is 25/1 to win at Talladega.|
CLINT BOWYER, Driver of the No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:
How important are teammates during restrictor-plate races?
“Well, I think that’s where the problem lies, right? You have teammates out there, and you need ’em, to get right down to the end. And, by the way, now you need to beat ’em, so it’s an interesting problem when you have teammates like mine who you need all the way through. And then, hopefully, we line up one-two-three-four there at the end. You’re like, ‘Well, which one can I use right there to the end, who I know I can trust the most?’ Nobody’s trustworthy during these things. You can’t be.”
What are your thoughts on Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s retirement?
“His retirement is going to be a huge void. We are all going to miss Dale Jr. We all enjoy him being around. He was making fun of me on Twitter Sunday morning in Richmond. That’s what I’m going to miss as a friend and person, forget the racetrack. We are all cooped up in the motorhome lot most weekends like a bunch of animals, so that time we get to enjoy with one another is what you will miss the most.”
Bowyer Notes of Interest:
Bowyer Notes of Interest:
Sunday’s race will mark Clint Bowyer’s 407th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start and 23rd career Cup Series start at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, where he has two victories, six top-five finishes and 12 top-10s and has led 100 laps.
Bowyer owns career totals of eight wins, two poles, 60 top-five finishes, 171 top-10s and 2,338 laps led in 406 NASCAR Cup Series races. He also owns eight Xfinity Series victories. He is ninth in the Cup Series standings after nine 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 in Fontana, California, when he drove from sixth to third in the added laps to record his best finish of 2017. At Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, Bowyer overcame a midrace accident to finish seventh. He finished 11th at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and second at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. A penalty while running sixth last weekend at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway left Bowyer with a 15th-place finish. It marked his eighth consecutive top-15 finish.