Thursday, March 9, 2017

Clint Bowyer makes 400th Cup start at Las Vegas

Clint Bowyer is 30/1 to win Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas.
CLINT BOWYER, Driver of the No. 14 Haas Automation Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing: 

Did you feel like caged animal during last year’s wait to officially join Stewart-Haas Racing? 
“Yeah, I waited a long time on this opportunity. I signed this opportunity about a year and a half ago. That’s a long time. The biggest thing is, I was really excited to get the year started off with a group that I feel like wants nothing more and works for nothing more than race wins and the championship. That’s all they talk about. That’s all they do is win and be successful and, if they don’t, they go back to work and do what it takes to go back and win. Obviously, everybody’s goals are to go out and win, but there are only a select few organizations that truly are set up to know, no matter what the cost or expense or amount of dedication, that’s what they’re there to do and the word no is non-existent. It’s, ‘What do we have to do to win?’”

TONY STEWART, Co-Owner of the No. 14 Haas Automation Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing: 

How has Clint’s transition to SHR gone? 
“The transition with Clint, I think once Homestead was over, you could see an immediate change in his confidence. He was excited all winter. You guys know Clint. It’s like dropping a Super Ball off the top of a building and watching it bounce around nonstop. The only thing we’re trying to figure out is what size shock collar we need to get on him to keep his attention and keep him focused (laughs). His enthusiasm has been really fun to watch at the shop and around all the guys and around Kurt (Busch) and Kevin (Harvick) and Danica (Patrick.) They’re enjoying having him around. I’m enjoying having him around and I know the 14 team is excited to have him in the car. I’ve never seen him this excited. Obviously, last year wasn’t the year that he wanted, by any means, and this is a fresh start for him, so I know he’s excited.”

Primary Chassis No. 14-1029: Sunday marks the debut of this chassis.

Notes of Interest:
* The Kobalt 400 will mark Clint Bowyer’s 400th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start and 12th career Cup Series start at Las Vegas. He owns one top-five and three top-10 finishes and has led 17 laps.

* Bowyer owns career totals of eight wins, two poles, 58 top-five finishes, 167 top-10s and 2,338 laps led in 399 NASCAR Cup Series races. He also owns eight Xfinity Series victories.

* 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, 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. Bowyer is 14th in the driver standings after two races. 

- True Speed Communications

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