The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

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Sometimes, you just got to take your finish and run. Clint Bowyer would probably be the first person to admit that he probably didn't really have the best car at Michigan on Sunday. But he brought it in 8th and that is what we call in the race would a good points day.

"What a tough day. It just feels like our chassis package is a bit off from the body package on this car," said Bowyer. "Shane Wilson (crew chief) made some good calls on pit road to put us in position to get a top-10 finish. To finish eighth after the way the car handled throughout the race is an accomplishment."

Now comes the challenge as NASCAR heads to the first of two road courses of the season; Infineon Raceway. But would it surprise you to know that Clint is actually a pretty good road racer? It surprised me. Of his 5 races in Sonoma, Bowyer owns a pair of top fives and three top tens. Pretty good for a dirt racer from Kansas. That being said, Bowyer has struggled in recent road races finishing 31st at Infineon last season and 32nd Watkins Glen.

"I'm not really a good road course racer," said Bowyet. "We ran well at Infineon, but didn't get the finish we wanted. We did get some help last year. I think it was Jeff Gordon who wiped out Elliot Sadler and he knocked into us. It broke our bar mount and we didn't end up finishing. Last year wasn't good, but we've had solid runs there - top-five runs. It's a lot of fun to race there is very challenging. It's a fun track to get around."

 

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