Bowyer Wishes He Had A time Machine

Clint Bowyer

If only Clint Bowyer had met H.G. Wells.

Wells, the science fiction author who wrote the 1895 novella The Time Machine, is credited with the concept of time travel using a machine that’s spawned loads of movies and television shows.

Bowyer said he wishes he had a time machine for racing purposes so he could race in different decades against the NASCAR heroes of each era.

“The coolest thing for me would be to invent a time machine where you could go back, click into the ’60s, and be in the car racing, with Ralph Earnhardt and Ned Jarrett and those guys,” said Bowyer.

“Then all of a sudden we’d fire that machine up and move in to the ’70s and bang fenders with David Pearson, Richard Petty and all those guys  Then I’d move into the ’80s go up against Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt and just live in that. Why stop there, we’d have to go to the 90s. Gosh, the ’90s look so much fun. I think I would stop after that. From then I’ve pretty much lived it so we wouldn’t need a time machine.”

Bowyer won’t need the time machine to go back in time when he races his No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond (Va.) Raceway. The Virginia track is a glimpse into the future of all race facilities. A $30 million redevelopment project included a redesign of the entire infield with driver Q&A’s, music, food and everything fans asked for in a race experience. The Richmond infield is its own village with access to the Cup cars and teams.

The .75-mile oval also retains its historic short track flare. It staged its first Cup Series race in 1953 when Lee Petty took the checkered flag. There have been 125 Cup races at Richmond and Bowyer is proud he’s won two of those races.

“Richmond is such an important part of our sport,” said Bowyer. “It’s a new modern facility but it’s still good old Saturday night short track racing at Richmond. You feel like those guys in the 50s, 60s and 70s did when you race here. She’s been good to me over the years and I hope she’ll be good to me again this weekend.”

Bowyer has raced well over his career on the Virginia track. In addition to the two victories he owns four top-five and 14 top-10s in 26 starts. He arrives at Richmond on a roll after a seventh-place finish at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway where he led 24 laps and looked to be a contender for the victory before a late race accident dropped him to midpack. He rallied for his third consecutive and 200th top-10 finish in his career. Bowyer is now 11th in points.

Bowyer hopes to move into the top-10 in the standings before the Cup Series takes a weekend off after the Richmond race then resumes its schedule on April 21 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Like most drivers and crew members, Bowyer will spend the rare off weekend with family even though that might not be in his nature.

“I am never a stay-at-home kind of guy,” Bowyer said laughing. “Like, my wife, you know, she, she enlightens me to that fact, all the time, that, ‘You realize we haven’t been home more than four days this whole offseason, you, you understand that, that this is not normal?’ It’s normal for me.”

Races before the off-weekends seemed like prime motivation for SHR’s Fords in 2018. There were only three off weekends on the calendar, and Bowyer won at Martinsville and Michigan the final races before the first two off weekends. His then SHR teammate Kurt Busch won at Bristol in August, the race before the final off weekend of the season.

Bowyer wouldn’t mind a repeat visit to victory lane at Richmond this weekend. That’s a trip back in time he’ll always enjoy.

CLINT BOWYER, Driver of the No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:
What are your plans for the off weekend?

“You know, the off weekends are special. Having kids and a family, now, it just makes it even more special. We are lucky in that we get to travel around the country with your family and your kids, and to be able to go to all the different venues that we go to, all the different fun cities. We go to some pretty cool places and meet a lot of really neat people. But this off weekend I think we are just going to have fun at home.”

 

Does your family enjoy interacting with the fans?

“Who would’ve ever thought that, that your son, you know, will be walking down pit road with you somewhere, and some grown man is, like, “Hey, Cash.” I’m like what, what is going on, here? And, and then he looks over, he gives the dude a high-five, and you’re, like, “My god.” You know, I couldn’t imagine me growing up that way and being, you know, four years old and, and walking through all this chaos that we know as life right now, and, and looking over and giving some stranger a high-five. It just, that’s not – that wasn’t normal for me. And, you know, his crazy life is.”

 

No. 14 Haas Automation Team Report

Round 9 of 36 – Richmond 400 – Richmond

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

 

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

No. 14 At-Track Crew Roster
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, South Carolina

Over-The-Wall Crew:

Front Tire Changer: Ryan Mulder

Hometown: Sioux City, Iowa

 

Rear Tire Changer: Coleman Dollarhide

Hometown: Hickory, North Carolina

 

Tire Carrier: Dwayne Moore

Hometown: Griffin, Georgia

 

Gas Man: James “Ace” Keener

Hometown: Fortuna, California

 

Jackman: Sean Cotten

Hometown: Mooresville, North Carolina

 

Windshield: Chris Trickett

Hometown: Grafton, West Virginia

Road Crew:

 

Truck Drivers: Dale Lackey and Christopher Hamilton

Hometown:Taylorsville, North Carolina and Muncie, Indiana, respectively

 

Engineers: Lee Deese and James Kimbrough

Hometown: Rockingham, North Carolina, and Pensacola, Florida, respectively

 

Mechanics: Tony Silvestri and Robbie Fairweather

Hometown: Sylvania, Ohio and respectively

 

Tire Specialist: Russell Simpson

Hometown: Medford, New York

 

Shock Specialist: Wayne Smith

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

Notes of Interest:
  • Bowyer owns career totals of 10 wins, two poles, 75 top-five finishes, 200 top-10s and 2,877 laps led in 477 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races. He also owns eight Xfinity Series victories.
    • ​His most recent Cup Series victory came at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn (June 10, 2018).
    • His most recent Cup Series pole came at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (Sept. 16, 2007)
  • Last week at Bristol: Bowyer qualified seventh and quickly showed he was one of the fastest cars on the track especially during long green-flag runs. Bowyer led three times for 24 laps. His hopes for victory ended when a cut tire after contact with Joey Logano sent the No. 14 into the wall with about 60 laps remaining. The time on pit road dropped him to midpack until Bowyer elected to stay on the track while others pitted with about 20 laps remaining. He restarted fifth and finished seventh losing two spots to cars with fresh tires. It marked his third consecutive top-10 and 200th in his career.
  • Bowyer at Richmond: Bowyer owns two victories, four top-five and 14 top 10s at Richmond. He’s led 393 laps.
  • Bowyer’s September 2018 Richmond Race: Bowyer started 25th and immediately reported a loose-handling race car which led to a 21st-place finish in the first stage. The second stage wasn’t much better when he lost a lap and finished 19th. Major handling changes improved the handling and Bowyer battled back to finish tenth.
  • Bowyer’s April 2018 Richmond Race: Bowyer started 16th April 21 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway, took over the lead on lap 169, then led the next  23 laps before finishing second in Stage 2 to Joey Logano. Bowyer regained the lead on lap 273 but damage to his Ford in the final laps relegated the No. 14 Ford to a ninth-place finish.
  • Bowyer’s Richmond 2012 Victory: Bowyer raced in the top-three throughout the Sept. 9, 2012 race at Richmond until lap 236, when he and Juan Montoya made contact leading to a Bowyer spin. Bowyer limped his car back to pit road and, as a result, he was able to get more fuel and execute a slightly different pit strategy than the race leader at the time, Denny Hamlin. A few laps after Bowyer spun, rain visited the track and brought a caution that allowed Bowyer to be one of the first to pit. At first, it seemed Bowyer and a handful of other drivers who pitted on lap 277 did so for naught. Then the caution period was extended and some of the leaders pitted, changing the complexion of the race, leaving the leaders caught at the back of the pack while Bowyer was near the front. Among those drivers, only Bowyer had spent time at the front of the pack to that point in the race. Although his car took a while to get going on the restart, Bowyer worked his way through traffic and slowly found his way to the top. Bowyer chased down then-leader, Ryan Newman and passed him on lap 313, then held on the final 87 laps while conserving fuel.
  • Bowyer’s 2008 Richmond Victory: Bowyer earned his second career victory by winning at Richmond in May 2008. Bowyer drove by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Busch on lap 398 as they made heavy contact after battling for the lead in the 400-lap race. After the caution, Bowyer held off Busch in overtime to win by .439 seconds.
  • Bowyer won the Xfinity Series race at Richmond on May 4, 2007 when he beat Matt Kenseth to the checkered flag by 1.483 seconds. Bowyer owns eight Xfinity Series victories.
  • SHR has one points-paying victory at Richmond (Kurt Busch in April 2015) and has 15 top-five finishes and 28 top-10s in 62 starts.
  • Bowyer’s Top-Three Finishes at SHR (2017- Present):
    • Wins
      • Michigan International Speedway (June 10, 2018)
      • Martinsville (Va.) Speedway (March 26, 2018)
    • 2nd place: 
      • Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (March 31, 2019)
      • Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (Oct. 15,2018)
      • Dover (Del.) International Speedway (May 6, 2018)
      • Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway (April 24, 2017)
      • Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway (June 25, 2017)
      • Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (July 1, 2017)
    • 3rd place: 
      • Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval (Sept. 30, 2018)
      • Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway (June 24, 2018)
      • Atlanta Motor Speedway (Feb. 25, 2018)
      • Martinsville (Va.) Speedway (Oct. 29, 2017)
      • Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California (March 26, 2017)
  • Bowyer’s Stage Victories 
    • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Stage 1 (Sept. 10, 2018)
    • Pocono (Pa.) Raceway Stage 2 (July 30, 2017)
  • Bowyer Cup Series Career Victories:
    • Michigan International Speedway (June 10, 2018)
    • Martinsville (Va.) Speedway (March 26, 2018)
    • 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:
    • 2018 12th
    • 2017 18th
    • 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- Present Stewart-Haas Racing
    • ​2016  HScott Motorsports
    • 2012-2015  Michael Waltrip Racing
    • 2006-2011 Richard Childress Racing
  • Bowyer Xfinity Series Championship:
    • 2008
  • 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)
  • Crew Chief Mike Bugarewicz’s Top-3 Finishes at SHR (2016-Present):
    • Wins:
      • Martinsville (Va.) Speedway  (Bowyer, March 27, 2018)
      • Michigan Intl. Speedway (Bowyer, June 10, 2018)
      • Sonoma (Calif.) Speedway (Stewart, June 26, 2016)
    • 2nd place:             
      • Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (March 31, 2019)
      • Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (Oct. 14, 2018)
      • Dover (Del) International Speedway (May 6, 2018)
      • Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway (April 24, 2017)
      • Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway (June 25, 2017)
      • Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (July 1, 2017)
    • 3rd place
      • Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway Roval (Sept. 30, 2018)
      • Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway (June 24, 2018)
      • Atlanta Motor Speedway (Feb. 25, 2018)
      • Martinsville (Va.) Speedway (Oct. 29, 2017)
      • Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. (March 26, 2017)

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