Clint Bowyer Is Going Home To Kansas

Clint Bowyer
Ask Clint Bowyer about the impact his hometown of Emporia, Kansas has had on his racing career and you’ll get a rare moment of silence from the 38-year-old Monster Energy NASCAR Cup driver.

Then he’ll look you in the eye and respond with a short and powerful answer.

“People are what make you,” said Bowyer who, returns to race in Kansas Sunday in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. “As you grow up in a community, it’s the people within that community who you learn from and everything else.”

The lessons taught by the 25,000 citizens of Emporia haven’t faded.

“When I first started car racing, it was in a ’78 Camaro, it was junkyard parts so you had to go to Junkyard John and, if you blew something up or needed a brake caliper or an A-frame or just anything – a spindle – you had to go to see Junkyard John,” said Bowyer.

“My dad owned his own towing service in Emporia, so they always did business together and stuff. Impounded cars always went to the junkyard, and he always let me go over and rummage through the stuff and work on my stuff.”

If it wasn’t Junkyard John, then it was Muffler Don, who welded the roll cage with muffler tubing for Bowyer’s pony stock he rolled  over about 12 times. Those two, along with a host of others, were responsible for helping Bowyer go from the Kansas dirt tracks to race in places like Daytona, Darlington and Indianapolis and build a NASCAR career that includes a 2008 Xfinity Series title, and eight Cup Series victories among his 429 starts in the sport’s highest division.

“Life’s all about timing, it’s all about chances that you get in life, and opportunities, and then you’ve got to be able to, I guess, have enough experience to prepare yourself for that opportunity and be able to capitalize on that opportunity,” Bowyer said.

“It seems like my career within a five- or six-year span went very fast, but we always kept moving. We never stayed in one class or anything, always kept moving up and forward progression, and that always enabled me to get in the next ride, the next opportunity, and capitalize on it really well.”

Bowyer hasn’t turned his back on Kansas, especially Emporia. He returns often to deer hunt, visit friends or just be part of the community. In March 2013, he bought the Clint Bowyer Autoplex car dealership on U.S. Highway 50, where he once worked as a lot attendant, dent specialist and detailer.

Across the street sits the Clint Bowyer Community Building, constructed in 2012 thanks to a $1.5 million donation from his foundation. Inside are 25 new computers at the public library. There is a scoreboard at the aquatic center, a video camera at the auditorium, shoes for the Big Brothers-Big Sisters program, backpacks for kids, Christmas trees for needy families. And, in nearby towns, playground equipment and the reconstruction of a tornado-ravaged community center – all of it and more paid for by Bowyer’s foundation, or out of the driver’s own pocket.

Emporia appreciates its native son, having renamed the street on which the family towing business resides as “Hon. Clint Bowyer Boulevard.”

The days of Junkyard John and Muffler Don are long gone and replaced by Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), Ford Performance and Roush-Yates Racing who have combined to field Bowyer’s No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Fusion this season. But the desire that began in Emporia will be the same Sunday in Kansas City.

Bowyer’s list of racing accomplishments includes a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory at Kansas in 2011, but it’s a Cup Series trophy from the track that he hopes will take center stage in his trophy case. Over the years, Bowyer has enjoyed some success at Kansas Speedway, posting two top-five finishes and six top-10s with 48 laps led in 18 starts, including a ninth-place finish in May.

“Kansas is obviously at the top of the list, right up there with a Daytona 500, of places I’d really like to get a victory,” he said. “I won’t complain no matter where we win our next race, but winning at Kansas would be extra special for a lot of people in the Bowyer family.”

Bowyer enters the weekend after an accident left him with a 35th-place finish Sunday at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. The incident ruined a race that saw Bowyer finish sixth in Stage 1 and third in Stage 2.

While he’s racing for 17th in the driver point standings after falling just short of making NASCAR’s 16-driver playoffs, Bowyer’s first year replacing three-time champion Tony Stewart in the No. 14 has been a success. The Mike Bugarewicz-led team has posted three second- and two third-place finishes.

The No. 14 team’s average finish of 15.3 is the 12th best of the full-time teams in 2017.

After Talladega’s disappointment, Bowyer could use some good luck, and there’s no better place than Kansas.

Just ask him.

Clint Bowyer: Driver of the No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:

 

What is it like to go back and race in Kansas?

 

“It’s difficult to go home because of getting pulled in all the different directions – all the while trying to focus on getting a good run, because that’s really what’s important to you the most there. It’s important to me to run well in front of all my fans, friends and family.”

No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Fusion Team Report

Round 32 of 36 – Hollywood Casino 400– Kansas

Car No. 14: Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing

At Track PR Contact: Drew Brown with True Speed Communication (Drew.Brown@TrueSpeedCommunication.com)

Primary Team:

 

Driver: Clint Bowyer

Residence: Emporia, Kansas

 

Crew Chief: Mike Bugarewicz

Hometown: Lehighton, Pennsylvania

 

Car Chief: Jerry Cook

Hometown: Toledo, Ohio

 

Engine Specialist: Matt Moeller

Hometown: Monroe, New York

 

Engine Builder: Roush Yates Engines: Mooresville, North Carolina

 

Spotter: Brett Griffin

Hometown: Pageland, S.C.

Over-The-Wall Crew:

Front Tire Changer: Ira Jo Hussey

Hometown: Manchester, New Hampshire

 

Front Tire Carrier: Brett Morrell

Hometown: Windham, Maine

 

Rear Tire Changer: Chris McMullenHometown: Canton, Michigan

 

Rear Tire Carrier: Josh Sobecki

Hometown: New Kensington, Pennsylvania

 

Gas Man: James “Ace” Keener

Hometown: Fortuna, California

 

Jackman: Getty Cavitt

Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky

 

Windshield: Justin Peiffer

Hometown: Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Road Crew:

 

Truck Drivers: William “Stump” Lewis and Rob Fink

Hometown: Linkwood, Maryland and Baltimore, Maryland, respectively.

 

Engineers: Lee Deese, Chris Chidgey and Kenny Oates

Hometown: Rockingham, North Carolina, Gainesville, Florida and Huntersville, North Carolina, respectively.

 

Mechanics: Tony Silvestri and Rich Letendre

Hometown: Sylvania, Ohio and Lowell, Massachusetts, respectively

 

Tire Specialist: Russell Simpson

Hometown: Medford, New York

 

Shock Specialist: Wayne Smith

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

Notes of Interest:
  • Sunday’s race will mark Clint Bowyer’s 429th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start and his 19th Cup Series start at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, where he has two top-five finishes and six top-10s. His average finish of 15.3 is 12th best of the full-time drivers in 2017.
  • Bowyer owns career totals of eight wins, two poles, 63 top-five finishes, 179 top-10s and 2,360 laps led in 428 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).
  • Tony Stewart and Gene Haas co-own Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), which has recorded 38 victories and 34 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 season-opening Daytona 500, and Harvick won June 25 at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway.
  • SHR has two points-paying victories at Kansas plus nine top-five finishes, 15 top-10s and two poles in 46 starts.
  • Crew chief Mike Bugarewicz is in his second season after overseeing Stewart’s final campaign in 2016. Bugarewicz’s pit strategy played a key role in Stewart’s victory at Sonoma in June 2016. The Lehighton, Pennsylvania native served as the lead engineer on SHR’s No. 4 entry in 2014 and 2015. The Penn State University graduate was the only rookie crew chief to be part of last year’s Cup Series playoffs.
  • Bowyer’s Top-Five Finishes In 2017
    • 2nd-place: 
      • Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway (April 24)
      • Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway (June 25)
      • Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (July 1)
    • 3rd-place:
      • Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. (March 26)
      • Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (April 9)
  • Bowyer’s Stage Victories In 2017
    • Pocono (Pa.) Raceway Stage 2 (July 30, 2017)
  • Bowyer Cup Series Career Victories:
    • Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (Oct. 13, 2012)
    • Richmond (Va.) International Raceway (Sept. 8, 2012)
    • Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway (June 24, 2012)
    • Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (Oct. 23, 2011)
    • Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (Oct. 31, 2010)
    • New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (Sept. 19, 2010)
    • Richmond International Raceway (May 3, 2008)
    • New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (Sept. 16, 2007)
  • Bowyer Cup Series Career Poles:
    • New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (Sept. 14,2007)
    • Darlington (S.C.) Raceway (May 11, 2007)
  • Bowyer Career Cup Series Points Finishes:
    • 2016 27th
    • 2015 16th
    • 2014 19th
    • 2013 7th
    • 2012 2nd
    • 2011 13th
    • 2010 10th
    • 2009 15th
    • 2008   5th ​
    • 2007  3rd
    • 2006 17th
  • Bowyer Cup Series Career Stops:
    • 2017  Stewart-Haas Racing
    • ​2016  HScott Motorsports
    • 2012-2015  Michael Waltrip Racing
    • 2006-2011 Richard Childress Racing
  • Bowyer Xfinity Series Career Victories:
    • Dover (Del.) International Speedway (Sept. 26,2009)
    • Daytona (Fla) International Speedway (July 3, 2009)
    • Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway (March 15, 2008)
    • Richmond (Va.) International Raceway (May 4,2007)
    • Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway in Avondale (April 20, 2007)
    • Dover (Del.) International Speedway (Sept. 23, 2006)
    • Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park  (Oct. 22, 2005)
    • Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway (June 12, 2005)
  • Bowyer Camping World Truck Series Victories:
    • Kansas (Kan.) Speedway in Kansas City (June 4, 2011)
    • Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway in Avondale (Nov.12, 2010)
    • Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (Nov 3, 2006)

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

“The Big One” Consumed Clint Bowyer

Clint Bowyer & Brad Keselowski
Date:  Oct. 15, 2017

Event:  Alabama 500 (Round 31 of 36)

Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Location:  Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (2.66-mile oval)

Format:  188 laps, broken into three stages (55 laps/55 laps/78 laps)

Start/Finish:  7th/35th (Accident, completed 155 of 188 laps)

Point Standing:  18th with 775 points

 

Race Winner:  Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Winner:  Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 2 Winner:  Ryan Blaney of Wood Brothers Racing (Ford)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-55):

● Clint Bowyer started seventh and finished sixth. Earned five bonus points.

● Began race by running bottom lane of a three-wide draft, hovering just outside the top-10.

● Pitted under green-flag conditions on lap 14 as part of a coordinated stop with fellow Ford teams. Fuel only, with two rounds out of the rear jackbolts to better plant the No. 14 Haas Automation Ford to the racetrack.

● Returned to race in 32nd, but pit stops of others and staying out during two caution periods brought Bowyer to third by lap 36.

● Caution on lap 50 set up a one-lap dash to the end of the stage, where Bowyer finished sixth.

● Pitted at end of stage for four tires and fuel.

 

● Stage 2 Recap (Laps 56-110):

● Started 24th and finished third. Earned eight bonus points.

● Pitted on lap 67 in another coordinated, green-flag stop with fellow Ford drivers. Fuel only.

● When caution came out on lap 80, Bowyer had climbed to ninth. Stayed out during caution and restarted eighth on lap 88.

● As teammate Kurt Busch took lead on lap 91, Bowyer followed and ran as high as second with less than 20 laps remaining in stage.

● Stayed up front as draft ebbed and flowed and finished stage in third place.

● Pitted at end of stage for four tires and fuel, but stop was slow, so he returned to the pits on lap 114 to top off with fuel.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 111-188):

● Started 35th and finished 35th after getting collected in a multicar accident on lap 156.

● Took a conservative approach at beginning of the stage, running 35th.

● Climbed to 26th with 50 laps to go.

● Made scheduled, green-flag pit stop for four tires and fuel on lap 144.

● Was 24th when caution flag waved on lap 152. Bowyer took opportunity to pit for four new tires and fuel.

● Restarted 29th on lap 156 and was caught up in multicar accident as field came up to speed.

● Car was too damaged to repair and Bowyer was credited with 155 laps completed.

 

Notes:

●  Bowyer finished sixth in Stage 1 to earn five bonus points and third in Stage 2 to earn an additional eight bonus points.

●  There were 11 caution periods for a total of 47 laps.

●  Thirteen of the 40 drivers in the Alabama 500 finished on the lead lap.

●  Brad Keselowski won the Alabama 500 to score his 24th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his third of the season and his fifth at Talladega. His margin of victory over second-place Ryan Newman was .210 of a second.

●  Martin Truex Jr., leads the championship standings with 3,120 points and holds a 19-point advantage over his nearest pursuer, Keselowski.

 

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Hollywood Casino 400 onSunday, Oct. 22 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. It is the sixth race of the 10-race playoffs and it starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN beginning at 1 p.m.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Clint Bowyer Is Looking To Bring Home The Talladega Trophy

Clint Bowyer
It’s been an impressive few opening chapters in what should be a long history book for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR).

The Kannapolis, North Carolina-based team has won 38 times in 948 races since its first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in 2009. The organization owned by Gene Haas and three-time Cup Series champion Tony Stewart has notched championships with Stewart in 2011 and Kevin Harvick in 2014.

In February, SHR celebrated its first Daytona 500 victory when Kurt Busch took the checkered flag. SHR drivers have won at every active track on the Cup Series tour except two:  Kentucky Speedway in Sparta and Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, where the Cup Series races Sunday in the Alabama 500.

First-year SHR driver Clint Bowyer would like to write his name in the team record book by bringing home a trophy from the 2.66-mile Alabama restrictor-plate track. Bowyer, the driver who replaced Stewart in the No. 14 in 2017, would join Stewart, Harvick, Busch and Ryan Newman as SHR winners.

“No doubt that’s our goal this weekend in Talladega,” said Bowyer, who is tied with Harvick for the most points in the last 10 Talladega races with 296. “Look at the list of those guys who’ve won at SHR. There are three champions on the list. These guys are the best of the best.”

Bowyer isn’t too shabby at restrictor-plate tracks. He’s won twice, posted six top-five finishes and 12 top-10s in just 24 races at Talladega while also logging four top-five finishes in 24 points races at Talladega’s sister track Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

Bowyer nearly wrote his name in the record book in May at Talladega when he raced in the top-five in the closing laps before tire damage forced a pit stop that dropped him to 23rd at the start of overtime. He rallied in the two-lap shootout to finish 14th.

While it might not seem like it from the stands, Bowyer said there is a great deal of strategy behind restrictor-plate racing success. It begins as early as Friday during practice when drivers and teams balance the risk of damaging a car versus the knowledge gained by running in a pack.

“Attitude is a big part of this, but it goes toward being a student while you’re out there, learning as much as you can. That’s the tricky thing about these situations at these racetracks,” he said.

“We’re scared to practice because we don’t want to tear our cars up because that’s the best car we’ve got. Then you are out there in the race and you’re like, ‘I need to learn something.’ If you are single file in the race, you’re not learning, either, so you are now at the end of the race and nobody has really learned anything. Then all hell breaks loose as we’re trying to figure it out with two or three laps to go, trying to win the race for our teams.”

Bowyer owns the ninth-best average finish of all the full-time drivers in 2017. But the 2017 stat sheet could really use a victory. He and the crew chief Mike Bugarewicz-led team have posted three second-place and two third-place finishes this year.

“We are still trying to win our first race, so we have work to do,” said Bowyer, who owns top-10 finishes in two of the last three Cup Series races. “We have some races coming up that are good tracks for us, including Talladega. We want to finish this season out right and would love to win and build some momentum going into 2018.”

A trophy from Talladega would be an excellent start.

Clint Bowyer: Driver of the No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:
 

What are your thoughts on Talladega?

“You have to respect these racetracks and you’ve got to get to the end of them. Obviously, you’ve got to have a little bit of luck not to get caught up in things and, more importantly, be careful not to cause them yourself.”

 

Does attitude matter in restrictor-plate racing?

“You better make sure that you’re having fun with it. If you’re miserable the whole time you’re there, you’re not going to make the right decisions and probably not going to have the success you want.”

 

No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Fusion Team Report

Round 31 of 36 – Alabama 500– Talladega

Car No. 14: Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing

At Track PR Contact: Drew Brown with True Speed Communication (Drew.Brown@TrueSpeedCommunication.com)

Primary Team:

 

Driver: Clint Bowyer

Residence: Emporia, Kansas

 

Crew Chief: Mike Bugarewicz

Hometown: Lehighton, Pennsylvania

 

Car Chief: Jerry Cook

Hometown: Toledo, Ohio

 

Engine Specialist: Matt Moeller

Hometown: Monroe, New York

 

Engine Builder: Roush Yates Engines: Mooresville, North Carolina

 

Spotter: Brett Griffin

Hometown: Pageland, S.C.

Over-The-Wall Crew:

Front Tire Changer: Ira Jo Hussey

Hometown: Manchester, New Hampshire

 

Front Tire Carrier: Brett Morrell

Hometown: Windham, Maine

 

Rear Tire Changer: Chris McMullenHometown: Canton, Michigan

 

Rear Tire Carrier: Josh Sobecki

Hometown: New Kensington, Pennsylvania

 

Gas Man: James “Ace” Keener

Hometown: Fortuna, California

 

Jackman: Getty Cavitt

Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky

 

Windshield: Justin Peiffer

Hometown: Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Road Crew:

 

Truck Drivers: William “Stump” Lewis and Rob Fink

Hometown: Linkwood, Maryland and Baltimore, Maryland, respectively.

 

Engineers: Lee Deese, Chris Chidgey and Kenny Oates

Hometown: Rockingham, North Carolina, Gainesville, Florida and Huntersville, North Carolina, respectively.

 

Mechanics: Tony Silvestri and Rich Letendre

Hometown: Sylvania, Ohio and Lowell, Massachusetts, respectively

 

Tire Specialist: Russell Simpson

Hometown: Medford, New York

 

Shock Specialist: Wayne Smith

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

Notes of Interest:
  • Sunday’s race will mark Clint Bowyer’s 428th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start and his 24th Cup Series start at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, where he has two victories, six top-five finishes and 12 top-10s. His average finish of 14.6 is the ninth-best of the full-time drivers in 2017.
  • Bowyer owns career totals of eight wins, two poles, 63 top-five finishes, 179 top-10s and 2,360 laps led in 427 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).
  • Tony Stewart and Gene Haas co-own Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), which has recorded 38 victories and 34 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 season-opening Daytona 500, and Harvick won June 25 at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway.
  • SHR has no points-paying victories at Talladega but has two top-five finishes and 14 top-10s in 50 starts.
  • Crew chief Mike Bugarewicz is in his second season after overseeing Stewart’s final campaign in 2016. Bugarewicz’s pit strategy played a key role in Stewart’s victory at Sonoma in June 2016. The Lehighton, Pennsylvania native served as the lead engineer on SHR’s No. 4 entry in 2014 and 2015. The Penn State University graduate was the only rookie crew chief to be part of last year’s Cup Series playoffs.
  • Bowyer’s Top-Five Finishes In 2017
    • 2nd-place: 
      • Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway (April 24)
      • Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway (June 25)
      • Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (July 1)
    • 3rd-place:
      • Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. (March 26)
      • Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (April 9)
  • Bowyer’s Stage Victories In 2017
    • Pocono (Pa.) Raceway Stage 2 (July 30, 2017)
  • Bowyer Cup Series Career Victories:
    • Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (Oct. 13, 2012)
    • Richmond (Va.) International Raceway (Sept. 8, 2012)
    • Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway (June 24, 2012)
    • Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (Oct. 23, 2011)
    • Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (Oct. 31, 2010)
    • New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (Sept. 19, 2010)
    • Richmond International Raceway (May 3, 2008)
    • New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (Sept. 16, 2007)
  • Bowyer Cup Series Career Poles:
    • New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (Sept. 14,2007)
    • Darlington (S.C.) Raceway (May 11, 2007)
  • Bowyer Career Cup Series Points Finishes:
    • 2016 27th
    • 2015 16th
    • 2014 19th
    • 2013 7th
    • 2012 2nd
    • 2011 13th
    • 2010 10th
    • 2009 15th
    • 2008   5th ​
    • 2007  3rd
    • 2006 17th
  • Bowyer Cup Series Career Stops:
    • 2017  Stewart-Haas Racing
    • ​2016  HScott Motorsports
    • 2012-2015  Michael Waltrip Racing
    • 2006-2011 Richard Childress Racing
  • Bowyer Xfinity Series Career Victories:
    • Dover (Del.) International Speedway (Sept. 26,2009)
    • Daytona (Fla) International Speedway (July 3, 2009)
    • Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway (March 15, 2008)
    • Richmond (Va.) International Raceway (May 4,2007)
    • Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway in Avondale (April 20, 2007)
    • Dover (Del.) International Speedway (Sept. 23, 2006)
    • Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park  (Oct. 22, 2005)
    • Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway (June 12, 2005)
  • Bowyer Camping World Truck Series Victories:
    • Kansas (Kan.) Speedway in Kansas City (June 4, 2011)
    • Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway in Avondale (Nov.12, 2010)
    • Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (Nov 3, 2006)

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

There Was No Joy At Charlotte For Clint Bowyer

Clint Bowyer

Date: Oct. 8, 2017

Event: Bank of America 500 (Round 30 of 36)

Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)

Format: 334 laps, broken into three stages (90 laps/90 laps/154 laps)

Note:  Race ended in overtime, going three laps past its scheduled 334-lap distance

Start/Finish: 5th/27th (Running, completed 335 of 337 laps)

Point Standing: 17th with 760 points

 

Race Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Furniture Row Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Winner:  Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

Stage 2 Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-90):

● Clint Bowyer started fifth, finished 38th.

● “The front end isn’t happy at all,” he told the crew at the lap-30 mark after fading to ninth.

● On lap 43 Ryan Newman drifted into the No. 14, forcing Bowyer into the turn-two wall.

● The No. 14 dropped to 31st as Bowyer pitted for major repairs, but he remained on the lead lap.

● Tire issues forced Bowyer to pit under green on lap 89, dropping him two laps behind the leader in 38th.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 91-180):

● Started 38th and finished 29th.

● Crew continued to make repairs before the beginning of the stage.

● Took the wave-around on lap 139 and regained one of the two laps lost to the leader.

● Returned to two laps down when passed by the leader in the closing laps of the stage.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 181-334):

● Started 29th, finished 27th.

● Bowyer fell three laps down during the stage but regained a lap as the race wound down.

 

Notes:

● There were 10 caution periods for a total of 44 laps.

● Twenty-four of the 40 drivers in the Bank of America 500 finished on the lead lap.

● Martin Truex Jr. won the Bank of America 500 to score his 13th career NASCAR Cup Series victory, his series-leading sixth of the season and his second at Charlotte. His margin of victory over second-place Chase Elliott was .911 of a second.

 

Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“That was a pretty joyless day. We had a lot of damage early, so it seemed like we were making repairs on the car and playing catch-up pretty much from the start.”

 

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Alabama 500 on Sunday, Oct. 15 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Clint Bowyer Has Learned To Like Charlotte Motor Speedway

Clint Bowyer
Clint Bowyer hasn’t always enjoyed the best relationship with Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, where the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races Sunday afternoon in the Bank of America 500.

At one time in his career, it might have been one of his least favorite tracks on the circuit. But that changed Oct. 13, 2012.

That night, Bowyer stretched his fuel mileage to earn his eighth career victory and third of that season. It also gave him a new regard for the 1.5-mile oval.

“I don’t know why, since that victory, it gave us a boost of confidence and we’ve seemed to run a lot better at Charlotte,” said Bowyer, whose 14.2 average finish is the ninth best of all full-time drivers in 2017. “This was a terrible track for me – I hated this place. I’m pretty fond of it, anymore. After the last two weeks, I think my Ford should be pretty fast this weekend.”

The Emporia, Kansas native would love a repeat of the 2012 race Sunday when he drives the No. 14 Haas Automation Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). The race will mark Bowyer’s 427th career Cup Series start and his 24th Cup Series start at Charlotte, where he has two top-five finishes and five top-10s in addition to the victory.

Bowyer arrives in Charlotte after finishing sixth Sunday at Dover (Del.) International Speedway and seventh the previous weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. It will also mark his second start at Charlotte in an SHR Ford. At the Coke 600 in May, Bowyer started ninth and finished 14th despite several slower cars stretching fuel mileage in the closing laps and finishing ahead of him.

“We just couldn’t get our Ford to turn in May,” said Bowyer, who finished ninth in the non-points All-Star Race held at Charlotte in May. “We tried everything we knew to help the front end but we never got it to where we could race with the leaders.”

Balancing the car’s handling will likely be an area of work for the No. 14 and all the Cup Series teams when they begin practice Friday afternoon. This weekend’s race returns to the three-day format that includes a Sunday-afternoon race for the first time at Charlotte since 2002.

“I think racing in the heat of the day will make for an interesting race,” he said. “It will probably be hot and slick, and whoever wins is going to have to be perfect.”

Next year’s fall race in Charlotte will be even more challenging. The track will run its September race on its “roval” – a new 13-turn, 2.4-mile road course incorporating part of the infield and all but 400 feet of Charlotte’s 1.5-mile oval on which drivers will race 500 kilometers over 130 laps.

The Charlotte race marks the first NASCAR road-course race in the track’s 58-year history, and it will be the first time the 14-year-old playoff format includes a road course. It will serve as the final race in Round 1 of the 2018 playoffs.

“I think the folks at Charlotte are doing all they can to make this event special,” Bowyer said. “I hope Sunday afternoon means we’ll see a lot of families at the track and we’ll put on a good show. Next year is going to be something on the new track. It’s a pretty cool time and I like the changes.”

With the day race and next year’s change to the “roval,” Charlotte’s future is bright, but maybe for just this weekend Clint Bowyer hopes he can rekindle the past with some 2012 magic.

Clint Bowyer: Driver of the No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:
 

 

What are your thoughts on Charlotte?

 

“Charlotte’s home for a lot of people like my crew guys and their families. It’s so much fun to come to Charlotte and see everybody have their families there, their kids, and watch them do what they do and be proud of them.”

 

No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Fusion Team Report

Round 30 of 36 – Bank of America 500– Charlotte

Car No. 14: Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing

At Track PR Contact: Drew Brown with True Speed Communication (Drew.Brown@TrueSpeedCommunication.com)

Primary Team:

 

Driver: Clint Bowyer

Residence: Emporia, Kansas

 

Crew Chief: Mike Bugarewicz

Hometown: Lehighton, Pennsylvania

 

Car Chief: Jerry Cook

Hometown: Toledo, Ohio

 

Engine Specialist: Matt Moeller

Hometown: Monroe, New York

 

Engine Builder: Roush Yates Engines: Mooresville, North Carolina

 

Spotter: Brett Griffin

Hometown: Pageland, S.C.

Over-The-Wall Crew:

Front Tire Changer: Ira Jo Hussey

Hometown: Manchester, New Hampshire

 

Front Tire Carrier: Brett Morrell

Hometown: Windham, Maine

 

Rear Tire Changer: Chris McMullenHometown: Canton, Michigan

 

Rear Tire Carrier: Josh Sobecki

Hometown: New Kensington, Pennsylvania

 

Gas Man: James “Ace” Keener

Hometown: Fortuna, California

 

Jackman: Getty Cavitt

Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky

 

Windshield: Justin Peiffer

Hometown: Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Road Crew:

 

Truck Drivers: William “Stump” Lewis and Rob Fink

Hometown: Linkwood, Maryland and Baltimore, Maryland, respectively.

 

Engineers: Lee Deese, Chris Chidgey and Kenny Oates

Hometown: Rockingham, North Carolina, Gainesville, Florida and Huntersville, North Carolina, respectively.

 

Mechanics: Tony Silvestri and Rich Letendre

Hometown: Sylvania, Ohio and Lowell, Massachusetts, respectively

 

Tire Specialist: Russell Simpson

Hometown: Medford, New York

 

Shock Specialist: Wayne Smith

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

Notes of Interest:
  • Sunday’s race will mark Clint Bowyer’s 427th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start and his 24th Cup Series start at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, where he has a victory, two top-five finishes and five top-10s. His average finish of 14.2 is the ninth best of the full-time drivers in 2017.
  • Bowyer owns career totals of eight wins, two poles, 63 top-five finishes, 178 top-10s and 2,360 laps led in 426 NASCAR Cup Series races. He also owns eight Xfinity Series victories.
    • His most recent Cup Series victory came at Charlotte (Oct. 13, 2012).​
    • His most recent Cup Series pole came at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (Sept. 16, 2007).
  • SHR has one points-paying victory at Charlotte (Kevin Harvick in October 2014) and has six top-five finishes and 19 top-10s in 50 starts.
  • Tony Stewart and Gene Haas co-own Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), which has recorded 38 victories and 33 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 season-opening Daytona 500, and Kevin Harvick won June 25 at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway.
  • Crew chief Mike Bugarewicz is in his second season after overseeing Stewart’s final campaign in 2016. Bugarewicz’s pit strategy played a key role in Stewart’s victory at Sonoma in June 2016. The Lehighton, Pennsylvania native served as the lead engineer on SHR’s No. 4 entry in 2014 and 2015. The Penn State University graduate was the only rookie crew chief to be part of last year’s Cup Series playoffs.
  • Bowyer’s Top-Five Finishes In 2017
    • 2nd-place: 
      • Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway (April 24)
      • Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway (June 25)
      • Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (July 1)
    • 3rd-place:
      • Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. (March 26)
      • Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (April 9)
  • Bowyer’s Stage Victories In 2017
    • Pocono (Pa.) Raceway Stage 2 (July 30, 2017)
  • Bowyer Cup Series Career Victories:
    • Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (Oct. 13, 2012)
    • Richmond (Va.) International Raceway (Sept. 8, 2012)
    • Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway (June 24, 2012)
    • Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (Oct. 23, 2011)
    • Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (Oct. 31, 2010)
    • New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (Sept. 19, 2010)
    • Richmond International Raceway (May 3, 2008)
    • New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (Sept. 16, 2007)
  • Bowyer Cup Series Career Poles:
    • New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (Sept. 14,2007)
    • Darlington (S.C.) Raceway (May 11, 2007)
  • Bowyer Career Cup Series Points Finishes:
    • 2016 27th
    • 2015 16th
    • 2014 19th
    • 2013 7th
    • 2012 2nd
    • 2011 13th
    • 2010 10th
    • 2009 15th
    • 2008   5th ​
    • 2007  3rd
    • 2006 17th
  • Bowyer Cup Series Career Stops:
    • 2017  Stewart-Haas Racing
    • ​2016  HScott Motorsports
    • 2012-2015  Michael Waltrip Racing
    • 2006-2011 Richard Childress Racing
  • Bowyer Xfinity Series Career Victories:
    • Dover (Del.) International Speedway (Sept. 26,2009)
    • Daytona (Fla) International Speedway (July 3, 2009)
    • Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway (March 15, 2008)
    • Richmond (Va.) International Raceway (May 4,2007)
    • Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway in Avondale (April 20, 2007)
    • Dover (Del.) International Speedway (Sept. 23, 2006)
    • Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park  (Oct. 22, 2005)
    • Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway (June 12, 2005)
  • Bowyer Camping World Truck Series Victories:
    • Kansas (Kan.) Speedway in Kansas City (June 4, 2011)
    • Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway in Avondale (Nov.12, 2010)
    • Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (Nov 3, 2006)

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Bowyer Finishes In Sixth Place At The Apache Warrior 400

Clint Bowyer

Date: Oct. 1, 2017

Event: Apache Warrior 400 (Round 29 of 36)

Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Dover (Del.) International Speedway (1-mile oval)

Format: 400 laps, broken into three stages (120 laps/120 laps/160 laps)

Start/Finish: 19th/6th (Running, completed 400 of 400 laps)

Point Standing: 17th with 750 points

 

Race Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Winner: Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-120):

● Clint Bowyer started 19th, finished 14th.

● Bowyer moved from 19th to 15th in the first 10 laps then climbed as high as 11th.

● Bowyer pitted under green for tires and fuel on lap 84, but a lap-87 caution dropped him off the lead lap.

● NASCAR stopped the race for the lap-87 wreck to repair a pit-lane wall.

● Bowyer took the wave-around and returned to the lead lap.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 121-240):

● Started 16th and finished 10th to earn one stage point.

● Moved into the top-10 on lap 164.

● Pitted under caution on lap 171 and restarted 10th.

● Crew made small air pressure adjustments to improve the handling at the end of the stage.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 241-400):

● Started seventh, finished sixth.

● Quickest car on the track on lap 275.

● Raced in eighth with 110 laps to go and turned the quickest lap on the track with 100 laps remaining.

● Pitted under green with 75 laps left in the race.

● Bowyer climbed as high as fifth in the closing laps.

 

Notes:

● Bowyer scored his sixth top-five and 12th top-10 finish of 2017.

● This was Bowyer’s 13th top-10 finish in 24 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Dover.

● Bowyer finished 10th in Stage 2 to earn one bonus point.

●  There were four caution periods for a total of 24 laps.

●  Only 12 of the 40 drivers in the Apache Warrior 400 finished on the lead lap.

●  Kyle Busch won the Apache Warrior 400 to score his 42nd career NASCAR Cup Series victory, his fourth of the season, second in a row and third at Dover. His margin of victory over second-place Chase Elliott was .357 of a second.

 

Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“We had a really good car today. That first caution didn’t help, and that put us a lap down. We battled back pretty well. We seemed to have our balance shift in waves today. First it’s too tight, then too loose, then back again. It wasn’t a win, but it was a good day.”

 

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Bank of America 500 onSunday, Oct. 8 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. The race starts at 2 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBC, PRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel 90.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Clint Bowyer Is Ready For Some Dover Payback

Clint Bowyer
Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Haas Automation Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing, remembers his last trip to Dover (Del.) International Speedway in June. The Emporia, Kansas native hopes Sunday’s 400-mile Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race ends a lot better.

In June, Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford qualified 22nd in the 39-car field but, in Saturday practice, it posted the second-quickest 10-lap average. The next day, the No. 14 took off like a rocket when the green flag waved over the concrete, mile oval. Despite reporting some handling issues, Bowyer climbed to fourth and appeared to be a contender for victory as the race neared the quarter mark.

That’s when the day turned sour.

The crew noticed an oil leak during a lap-97 pit stop that forced Bowyer to the garage and kept him out of action for 16 laps. He returned to the track and managed to regain one of the lost laps, leaving him with a 31st-place finish.

“You never seem to have anything break when you’re having a bad day,” Bowyer said with a laugh. “It only seems like things break when you are running well. That (June Dover race) was disappointing, but you’ve got to be able to get over it. How does a golfer go on after a bad swing? It’s the next shot. You focus on that.”

Bowyer said he also takes the positives out of a bad situation.

“We know how good our car was that weekend and we’re pretty confident we can have one just as good this weekend,” he said. “If we do, then we could have a fun day on Sunday.”

Bowyer has history on his side at Dover, where he’s scored top-10 finishes in half of his 24 careers starts. That also includes two top-five finishes.

He arrives at the Monster Mile after a seventh-place finish Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. The No. 14 Ford climbed to second with less than 30 laps remaining in the race, but couldn’t notch that victory Bowyer has made a priority in the remaining races this season.

“In this business, success is measured by winning,” he said. “Until we win, we won’t be happy.”

Bowyer has enjoyed more good than bad days in 2017. It’s his first season driving the No. 14 replacing three-time champion Tony Stewart. He’s posted three second- and two-third place finishes as part of his 11 top-10s in 2017.

While he fell one spot short of making the playoffs, Bowyer has been one of the top-performing drivers week in and week out in 2017 Cup Series competition.

The No. 14’s average finish of 14.5 is the ninth best of the full-time teams in 2017 – better than eight of the 16 teams in the playoffs. That’s even more impressive considering it’s Bowyer’s first season at SHR, his first season with second-year crew chief Mike Bugarewicz, and SHR’s first year with new manufacturer Ford.

But it’s earning that victory in one of the final eight races of the season where Bowyer prefers to direct his focus, and that mission starts Sunday in Dover.

The Monster Mile owes him one.

Clint Bowyer: Driver of the No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:
What are your thoughts on Dover?

“Dover is always a cool track I think every driver looks forward to because it’s a driver’s track. You’ve got to man up, get on top of that wheel and make things happen. There are just so many things going on there on that concrete surface and high banks. It’s a lot of fun. If you win there, you’ve earned it. It’s a good track for me – we usually run well there. Over the years, we’ve struggled to get the finish we feel like we’ve deserved. Dover is certainly a track where we feel like this team is capable of getting a really solid run and contending for a win.”

Is there more pressure at tracks where you’ve had success?

“I think so – there’s a little bit more pressure. There’s a reason there’s some pressure – it’s because we have performed there and we need to do it again. I feel like we can back that up and I’m fairly confident in that. You don’t take anything for granted, but this is one of those tracks where you kind of just go in and usually things work out.”

No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Fusion Team Report

Round 29 of 36 – Apache Warrior 400– Dover

Car No. 14: Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing

At Track PR Contact: Drew Brown with True Speed Communication (Drew.Brown@TrueSpeedCommunication.com)

Primary Team:

 

Driver: Clint Bowyer

Residence: Emporia, Kansas

 

Crew Chief: Mike Bugarewicz

Hometown: Lehighton, Pennsylvania

 

Car Chief: Jerry Cook

Hometown: Toledo, Ohio

 

Engine Specialist: Matt Moeller

Hometown: Monroe, New York

 

Engine Builder: Roush Yates Engines: Mooresville, North Carolina

 

Spotter: Brett Griffin

Hometown: Pageland, S.C.

Over-The-Wall Crew:

Front Tire Changer: Ira Jo Hussey

Hometown: Manchester, New Hampshire

 

Front Tire Carrier: Brett Morrell

Hometown: Windham, Maine

 

Rear Tire Changer: Chris McMullenHometown: Canton, Michigan

 

Rear Tire Carrier: Josh Sobecki

Hometown: New Kensington, Pennsylvania

 

Gas Man: James “Ace” Keener

Hometown: Fortuna, California

 

Jackman: Getty Cavitt

Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky

 

Windshield: Justin Peiffer

Hometown: Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Road Crew:

 

Truck Drivers: William “Stump” Lewis and Rob Fink

Hometown: Linkwood, Maryland and Baltimore, Maryland, respectively.

 

Engineers: Lee Deese, Chris Chidgey and Kenny Oates

Hometown: Rockingham, North Carolina, Gainesville, Florida and Huntersville, North Carolina, respectively.

 

Mechanics: Tony Silvestri and Rich Letendre

Hometown: Sylvania, Ohio and Lowell, Massachusetts, respectively

 

Tire Specialist: Russell Simpson

Hometown: Medford, New York

 

Shock Specialist: Wayne Smith

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

Notes of Interest:
  • Sunday’s race will mark Clint Bowyer’s 426th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start and his 24th Cup Series start at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, where he has two top-five finishes and 12 top-10s. His average finish of 14.5 is the ninth best of the full-time teams in 2017 and better than eight of the 16 drivers in the playoffs.
  • Bowyer owns career totals of eight wins, two poles, 63 top-five finishes, 178 top-10s and 2,360 laps led in 425 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).
  • SHR has two points-paying victories at Dover (Stewart in June 2013 and Harvick in October 2015) and has five top-five finishes and 14 top-10s in 50 starts.
  • Tony Stewart and Gene Haas co-own Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), which has recorded 38 victories and 33 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 season-opening Daytona 500, and Kevin Harvick won June 25at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway.
  • Crew chief Mike Bugarewicz is in his second season after overseeing Stewart’s final campaign in 2016. Bugarewicz’s pit strategy played a key role in Stewart’s victory at Sonoma in June 2016. The Lehighton, Pennsylvania native served as the lead engineer on SHR’s No. 4 entry in 2014 and 2015. The Penn State University graduate was the only rookie crew chief to be part of last year’s Cup Series playoffs.
  • Bowyer’s Top-Five Finishes In 2017
    • 2nd-place: 
      • Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway (April 24)
      • Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway (June 25)
      • Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (July 1)
    • 3rd-place:
      • Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. (March 26)
      • Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (April 9)
  • Bowyer’s Stage Victories In 2017
    • Pocono (Pa.) Raceway Stage 2 (July 30, 2017)
  • Bowyer Cup Series Career Victories:
    • Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (Oct. 13, 2012)
    • Richmond (Va.) International Raceway (Sept. 8, 2012)
    • Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway (June 24, 2012)
    • Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (Oct. 23, 2011)
    • Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (Oct. 31, 2010)
    • New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (Sept. 19, 2010)
    • Richmond International Raceway (May 3, 2008)
    • New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (Sept. 16, 2007)
  • Bowyer Cup Series Career Poles:
    • New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (Sept. 14,2007)
    • Darlington (S.C.) Raceway (May 11, 2007)
  • Bowyer Career Cup Series Points Finishes:
    • 2016 27th
    • 2015 16th
    • 2014 19th
    • 2013 7th
    • 2012 2nd
    • 2011 13th
    • 2010 10th
    • 2009 15th
    • 2008   5th ​
    • 2007  3rd
    • 2006 17th
  • Bowyer Cup Series Career Stops:
    • 2017  Stewart-Haas Racing
    • ​2016  HScott Motorsports
    • 2012-2015  Michael Waltrip Racing
    • 2006-2011 Richard Childress Racing
  • Bowyer Xfinity Series Career Victories:
    • Dover (Del.) International Speedway (Sept. 26,2009)
    • Daytona (Fla) International Speedway (July 3, 2009)
    • Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway (March 15, 2008)
    • Richmond (Va.) International Raceway (May 4,2007)
    • Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway in Avondale (April 20, 2007)
    • Dover (Del.) International Speedway (Sept. 23, 2006)
    • Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park  (Oct. 22, 2005)
    • Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway (June 12, 2005)
  • Bowyer Camping World Truck Series Victories:
    • Kansas (Kan.) Speedway in Kansas City (June 4, 2011)
    • Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway in Avondale (Nov.12, 2010)
    • Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (Nov 3, 2006)

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Clint Bowyer Logged Another Top Ten Finish At Louden

Clint Bowyer
Date: Sept. 24, 2017

Event: ISM Connect 300 (Round 28 of 36)

Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Location: New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (1.058-mile oval)

Format: 300 laps, broken into three stages (75 laps/75 laps/150 laps)

Start/Finish: 16th/7th (Running, completed 300 of 300 laps)

Point Standing: 18th with 718 points

 

Race Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Furniture Row Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-75):

● Clint Bowyer started 16th and finished 19th.

● Dealt with a Haas Automation Ford that was loose early into the corners and tight off.

● Pitted at the end of the stage for four fresh tires and fuel. Made a left-rear tire pressure adjustment.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 76-150):

● Started 16th and finished 11th.

● Jumped to 13th on restart, but then felt car became tight as laps wore on.

● “Too tight on the gas,” said Bowyer on lap 107, yet he rose to 11th by the end of the stage.

● Pitted at the end of the stage for four fresh tires and fuel. Reversed left-rear tire pressure adjustment from previous pit stop.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 151-300):

● Bowyer started 11th and finished seventh.

● Cracked top-10 on lap 182.

● Rose to ninth with pass of Chase Elliott on lap 210.

● During caution on lap 223, Bowyer pitted for four tires and fuel. “No changes,” he said. “It takes a while to get going, but once it’s going, it’s ok.”

● Good work by Haas Automation crew allowed Bowyer to maintain ninth place when race restarted on lap 226.

● Grabbed eighth place from Ryan Blaney on lap 256.

● Caution on lap 264 allowed Bowyer to pit for four tires and fuel, no changes.

● Pit crew got Bowyer off pit road in sixth place, a gain of two positions.

● Bowyer made most of restart and mistakes of others, rising to second place before a lap-269 caution.

● Restarted in second behind race leader Kyle Busch with 28 laps to go. Fell to third before another caution on lap 274.

● Final restart came on lap 278. It was a frantic one, with Bowyer dropping to seventh in the waning laps.

 

Notes:

●  This was Bowyer’s 11th top-10 of 2017 and ninth top-10 in 24 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at New Hampshire.

●  There were six caution periods for a total of 32 laps.

●  Twenty of the 39 drivers in the ISM Connect 300 finished on the lead lap.

●  Kyle Busch won the ISM Connect 300 to score his 41st career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his third of the season and his third at New Hampshire. His margin of victory over second-place Kyle Larson was 2.641 seconds.

●  Martin Truex Jr. leads the championship standings with 2,149 points and holds a 30-point advantage over second-place Kyle Busch.

 

Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“It really wasn’t a strategy race. We just kept digging and were just off a little bit.”

 

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Apache Warrior 400 onSunday, Oct. 1 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. It is the third race of the 10-race playoffs and it starts at 2 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Clint Bowyer Prepares For New Hampshire

Clint Bowyer

New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon is 1,530 miles from his hometown of Emporia, Kansas, but No. 14 Haas Automation Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) driver Clint Bowyer must feel the 1.058-mile oval has been like a second home during his career.

Two of Bowyer’s eight career victories and one of his two poles have come at the “Magic Mile,” including his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory in 2007.

New Hampshire seems to have enjoyed Bowyer over the years, as well.

Then Gov. Maggie Hassan declared Sept. 5, 2013  “Rockin’ with Clint Day” in New Hampshire. Bowyer took her for a burnout, used a 250-foot crane to dig up a personalized, 7,500-pound rock at a local quarry, and took part in a rock-climbing race.

“It’s always great to go up to New Hampshire,” Bowyer said. “I love the people, I love the fan base. There aren’t many states where I’ve gotten to do burnouts with the governor.”

A look at his record makes it easy to understand why Bowyer likes racing in the Granite State.

At the 2007 September race, Bowyer earned his second career pole on Friday, then led 222 of 300 laps Sunday to win the first Cup Series race of his career. Attrition played no role in the victory as, for the first time in the sport’s modern era, the entire 43-car field finished the race.

Fast-forward to September 2010, when Bowyer started second and led the most laps before fading back. A series of caution periods put him behind now-boss Tony Stewart over the closing laps. With both drivers trying to nurse their sputtering fuel tanks to the finish, Bowyer found himself in position to pounce when Stewart’s tank ran dry a lap from the checkered flag.

Bowyer hopes history will repeat itself this weekend when the Cup Series visits New Hampshire for Sunday’s 300-lap ISM Connect 300. Since missing the playoffs, he’s made winning a goal for the 2017 season.

 

Sunday’s race could be a turning point.

 

In the July New Hampshire race, Bowyer and his No. 14 SHR team showed they had the speed to contend for victory. He started 19th but climbed to fifth in the final 100 laps until a slow pit stop, when his car slid through the pit stall, left him with a seventh-place finish.

 

“I’ve won at New Hampshire twice and I love everything about it,” he said. “The flat, short tracks seem to fit my driving style the best and I have had a lot of success there – so we are pretty confident going in.”

Bowyer arrives at the Magic Mile with some momentum after a 13th-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois last weekend. His No. 14 Ford started 11th and ran at the front of the field throughout the 400-mile race.

It’s been a successful season for Bowyer, who replaced three-time champion Stewart in the No. 14 team, led by crew chief Mike Bugarewicz, which has scored five top-three finishes. Its 14.8 average finish is the ninth-best of all full-time Cup teams.

If there’s any track where Bowyer is likely to better that average, it’s New Hampshire.

His second home.

Clint Bowyer: Driver of the No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:
What are some of the challenges of New Hampshire?

“New Hampshire can be a tricky little track. You’ve got to be able to roll the middle faster than the other guy, and then you have to put that throttle down. That may sound simple, but those two things are actually pretty difficult. You get the car to where it will really roll the middle, and then it’s pretty free, and now you are too loose up off. You get the car tightened up in the center and now you can’t get off the corner right to pass anybody. It can be a tough thing to juggle.”

No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Fusion Team Report

Round 28 of 36 – ISM Connect 300 – New Hampshire

Car No. 14: Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing

At Track PR Contact: Drew Brown with True Speed Communication (Drew.Brown@TrueSpeedCommunication.com)

Primary Team:

 

Driver: Clint Bowyer

Residence: Emporia, Kansas

 

Crew Chief: Mike Bugarewicz

Hometown: Lehighton, Pennsylvania

 

Car Chief: Jerry Cook

Hometown: Toledo, Ohio

 

Engine Specialist: Matt Moeller

Hometown: Monroe, New York

 

Engine Builder: Roush Yates Engines: Mooresville, North Carolina

 

Spotter: Brett Griffin

Hometown: Pageland, S.C.

Over-The-Wall Crew:

Front Tire Changer: Ira Jo Hussey

Hometown: Manchester, New Hampshire

 

Front Tire Carrier: Brett Morrell

Hometown: Windham, Maine

 

Rear Tire Changer: Chris McMullenHometown: Canton, Michigan

 

Rear Tire Carrier: Josh Sobecki

Hometown: New Kensington, Pennsylvania

 

Gas Man: James “Ace” Keener

Hometown: Fortuna, California

 

Jackman: Getty Cavitt

Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky

 

Windshield: Justin Peiffer

Hometown: Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Road Crew:

 

Truck Drivers: William “Stump” Lewis and Rob Fink

Hometown: Linkwood, Maryland and Baltimore, Maryland, respectively.

 

Engineers: Lee Deese, Chris Chidgey and Kenny Oates

Hometown: Rockingham, North Carolina, Gainesville, Florida and Huntersville, North Carolina, respectively.

 

Mechanics: Tony Silvestri andRich Letendre 

Hometown: Sylvania, Ohio andLowell, Massachusetts,respectively

 

Tire Specialist: Russell Simpson

Hometown: Medford, New York

 

Shock Specialist: Wayne Smith

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

Notes of Interest:
  • Sunday’s race will mark Clint Bowyer’s 425th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start and his 13th Cup Series start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, where he has two victories, five top-five finishes and eight top-10s.
  • Bowyer owns career totals of eight wins, two poles, 63 top-five finishes, 177 top-10s and 2,360 laps led in 424 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 (Sept. 16, 2007).
  • Tony Stewart and Gene Haas co-own Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), which has recorded 38 victories and 33 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 season-opening Daytona 500, and Kevin Harvick won June 25at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway.
  • SHR has three points-paying victories at New Hampshire (Tony Stewart 2011, Ryan Newman 2011 and Kevin Harvick in 2016) and has 12 top-five finishes and 22 top-10s in 50 starts.
  • Crew chief Mike Bugarewicz is in his second season after overseeing Stewart’s final campaign in 2016. Bugarewicz’s pit strategy played a key role in Stewart’s victory at Sonoma in June 2016. The Lehighton, Pennsylvania native served as the lead engineer on SHR’s No. 4 entry in 2014 and 2015. The Penn State University graduate was the only rookie crew chief to be part of last year’s Cup Series playoffs.
  • Bowyer’s Top-Five Finishes In 2017
    • 2nd-place: 
      • Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway (April 24)
      • Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway (June 25)
      • Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (July 1)
    • 3rd-place:
      • Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. (March 26)
      • Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (April 9)
  • Bowyer’s Stage Victories In 2017
    • Pocono (Pa.) Raceway Stage 2 (July 30, 2017)
  • Bowyer Cup Series Career Victories:
    • Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (Oct. 13, 2012)
    • Richmond (Va.) International Raceway (Sept. 8, 2012)
    • Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway (June 24, 2012)
    • Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (Oct. 23, 2011)
    • Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (Oct. 31, 2010)
    • New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (Sept. 19, 2010)
    • Richmond International Raceway (May 3, 2008)
    • New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (Sept. 16, 2007)
  • Bowyer Cup Series Career Poles:
    • New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (Sept. 14,2007)
    • Darlington (S.C.) Raceway (May 11, 2007)
  • Bowyer Career Cup Series Points Finishes:
    • 2016 27th
    • 2015 16th
    • 2014 19th
    • 2013 7th
    • 2012 2nd
    • 2011 13th
    • 2010 10th
    • 2009 15th
    • 2008 5th
    • 2007   3rd
    • 2006 17th
  • Bowyer Cup Series Career Stops:
    • 2017  Stewart-Haas Racing
    • ​2016  HScott Motorsports
    • 2012-2015  Michael Waltrip Racing
    • 2006-2011 Richard Childress Racing
  • Bowyer Xfinity Series Career Victories:
    • Dover (Del.) International Speedway (Sept. 26,2009)
    • Daytona (Fla) International Speedway (July 3, 2009)
    • Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway (March 15, 2008)
    • Richmond (Va.) International Raceway (May 4,2007)
    • Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway in Avondale (April 20, 2007)
    • Dover (Del.) International Speedway (Sept. 23, 2006)
    • Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park  (Oct. 22, 2005)
    • Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway (June 12, 2005)
  • Bowyer Camping World Truck Series Victories:
    • Kansas (Kan.) Speedway in Kansas City (June 4, 2011)
    • Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway in Avondale (Nov.12, 2010)
    • Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (Nov 3, 2006)

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Clint Bowyer Finishes 13th At Chicagoland

Clint Bowyer
Date: Sept. 17, 2017

Event: Tales of the Turtles 400 (Round 27 of 36)

Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois (1.5-mile oval)

Format: 267 laps, broken into three stages (80 laps/80 laps/107 laps)

Start/Finish: 11th/13th (Running, completed 266 of 267 laps)

Point Standing: 18th with 688 points

 

Race Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Furniture Row Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner: Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):

● Clint Bowyer started 11th and finished 14th.

● Bowyer reported brake problems early in the race. He said his car was also extremely loose.

● Bowyer lost a lap to the leader in the final 10 laps of the stage but earned the free pass as the first car a lap down.

● Crew made changes during the stage break to correct the handling issues.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):

● Bowyer started 14th and finished 13th.

● Bowyer pitted from 13th on lap 121 for tires and fuel.

● Bowyer was the last of the 13 cars on the lead lap at the end of the stage.

● Crew thought the car was likely hitting its splitter during the stage.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 161-267):

● Bowyer started 13th and finished 13th.

● Reported his car still wouldn’t turn like he needed in the opening laps of the stage.

● Bowyer broke into the top-10 with 65 laps remaining.

● Pitted with 56 laps remaining under caution for tires, fuel and handling adjustments, then restarted ninth.

● Fell off the lead lap with less than 10 laps remaining.

 

Notes:

●  Martin Truex Jr. won the Tales of the Turtles 400 to score his 12th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his series-leading fifth of the season and his second at Chicagoland. His margin of victory over second-place Chase Elliott was 7.179 seconds.

●  There were four caution periods for a total of 21 laps.

●  Twelve of the 40 drivers in the Tales of the Turtles 400 finished on the lead lap.

 

Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“We kind of went back and forth all day between loose and tight. I think we were on the splitter there for a while as well. We kept working on it but never really got it to where we needed it to be to race with the leaders.”

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!