So the dream for a NASCAR championship got a rude awakening last week at Phoenix for Clint Bowyer, thanks to Jeff Gordon. But that doesn't mean that the 15 doesn't have anything to race for at the season finale at Homestead.
"There is nothing you can do to fix it now, it's over with," said Bowyer. "You got to go on to Homestead and I gotta try to beat the 5 car (Kasey Kahne)."
Which is what he will try to do. The Kansas Kid enters the weekend just two points Kahne foe third place in the standings. Given the way Bowyer has run throughout the Chase, a completely realistic goal. And it would be an outstanding accomplishment for this team to finish third.
" This group came together very late last year and overcame a lot of early season adversity," said Michael Waltrip Racing vice president Ty Norris. "Once all of the key players learned how to work with each other, this team has been in great form."
And they will be in good form for 2013. I mean if this is what they can do after just 12 months together, the possibilities seem endless.
"This team has proven it can win, compete for a title and has the most personable driver in the garage behind the wheel," said Norris.
Homestead this week is another 1.5 mile track, and Bowyer's struggles at these kind of tracks have been well documented. But he did win at Charlotte so maybe that is changing, after all Bowyer has really developed as a driver in 2012. Don't forget he won on a road course this season too.