Cash Bowyer Consoles His Dad

Clint Bowyer

Two weeks ago, Clint Bowyer stood by his stricken car in the Darlington (S.C.) Raceway garage thinking about his diminishing Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff chances after mechanical problems ended his race in just 18 laps.

After receiving the condolences of Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) crew members and giving the obligatory media interviews, Bowyer walked to his motorhome admittedly “ready to throw things.”

But his 2-year-old son, Cash Bowyer, greeted him at the door and told his father, “I’m sorry Daddy, you’ll get you a new car next week.”

Bowyer said his child’s counseling instantly put that evening’s disappointment versus the optimism surrounding his racing future in perspective.

“It really does ground you,” he said with a smile. “I put the whole family in the truck and drove home from Darlington. At the end of the day, I’m as happy as I have ever been enjoying this sport as much as I have. I look forward going to the racetrack.”

He’ll go to 10 more tracks in the 2017 season. He has a lot to accomplish.

Although he’s not part of the playoffs, there’s plenty of work to do for he and his Mike Bugarewicz-led team. This season is Bowyer’s first at SHR, his first with Bugarewicz, and it’s SHR’s first with Ford. Despite all the variables, the No. 14 team owns the 10th-best average finish of any full-time team in 2017. That’s better than five of the 16 teams in the playoffs.

Both the No. 14 driver and crew know they must improve to make sure they are part of the playoffs next season.

“I’m focused on getting better,” Bowyer said. “We have got to get to where we are consistently running at the front week in and week out. We have sniffed the front with three second-place and two third-place finishes. But we haven’t consistently run in the top-five and been part of that elite group. We know we can do it with this organization. We have the staff behind the 14 car, Ford and SHR that we know we can do it. Playoffs were important but establishing us at the front and leading laps week in and week out is our priority.”

 

That process begins this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, where Bowyer will drive the No. 14 Ford Fusion carrying a Rush Truck Centers paint scheme. Bowyer owns one top-five finish and seven top-10s in 12 career starts at the 1.5-mile track.

 

“Success is measured by winning – that’s goal number one,” he said. “We still haven’t accomplished that, so that’s our priority. Whether that’s this weekend in Chicago or the final race at Homestead, we have got to get a race win this season and, if we don’t, I’ll be disappointed.”

Bowyer said it’s been a comfortable fit ever since inking the deal with SHR in 2015 to replace three-time champion Tony Stewart. Bowyer drove for another team in 2016 before climbing in the No. 14 in 2017.

“The cool thing about SHR is that every conversation I’ve ever had there has been only about how we get better,” said Bowyer, who has finished in the top-five in points three times in his 12 full seasons behind the wheel of a NASAR Cup car. “That’s what gives me confidence to know we are going to get where we want to go.”

A good first step begins this weekend with a trip to victory lane at Chicagoland.

Clint Bowyer: Driver of the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:
Do you have a serious side?

“Oh yes. It’s come out a lot in the last few weeks. When you are racing the likes of the guys we do, who can get the job done, the serious side is always there. You have to be able to have fun and enjoy this. This is a grueling schedule on everybody, not just a driver.”

 

No. 14 Rush Truck Centers Ford Fusion Team Report

Round 27 of 36 – Tales of the Turtles 400 – Chicagoland

Car No. 14: Rush Truck Centers 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:
  • Saturday’s race will mark Clint Bowyer’s 424th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start and his 12th Cup Series start at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, where he has one top-five finish and seven top-10s.
  • Bowyer owns career totals of eight wins, two poles, 63 top-five finishes, 177 top-10s and 2,360 laps led in 422 NASCAR Cup Series races. He also owns eight Xfinity Series victories. He is 11th in the Cup Series standings after 25 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).
  • 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!

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