Bowyer Rolls Into Dover

Clint Bowyer

After breathing a deep sigh of relief Sunday night knowing he survived the roval carnage at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, No. 14 ITsavvy/Haas Automation Mustang driver Clint Bowyer is ready to kick off the Round of 12 of this year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs this weekend at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.

“I’m excited to reset and not be playing catch-up,” Bowyer said moments after Sunday’s race. “We put ourselves in a hole in the first round after a 25th-place finish at Las Vegas. I won’t put us in a hole again. Dover is a good track for me. Dover is a good track for our organization. I feel like we can get reset and go for that next Round of 8.”

Bowyer and his No. 14 Ford Mustang team entered Sunday’s final race in the Round of 16 on the Charlotte roval four points out of the final transfer position. But he qualified fifth Friday, then racked up 16 bonus points in the first two stages of Sunday’s race while surviving three- and four-wide racing throughout. He avoided numerous near wrecks in the closing laps en route to a fourth-place finish that boosted him to ninth in the final Round of 16 points and advanced him to the next playoff round with 11 other drivers.

Bowyer arrives at Dover 12th in points after the Round of 12 points reset. He is just six points outside the top eight and would love nothing more than to start the round with a good run Sunday. He said racing on the roval at Charlotte last weekend was tension-filled and expects this weekend’s more traditional race on the mile oval at Dover to be much more fun.

“This is a fun racetrack,” said Bowyer, who owns three top-five finishes and 15 top-10s while leading 83 laps in 27 Cup Series races at Dover. “This is a challenging racetrack, a very competitive racetrack, one of the most competitive and challenging tracks I think we go to. The balance of your car is just so important, balancing those front tires to the rear. You’ve got to enjoy places like this. If you don’t, it’s a long day.”

Bowyer isn’t a stranger to victory lane at the Monster Mile. He owns two NASCAR Xfinity Series victories at Dover. He led 70 laps and beat Matt Kenseth by .547 of a second on Sept. 23, 2006 to win his third of eight Xfinity Series victories in his career. His most recent Xfinity Series victory also came at Dover, in Sept. 26, 2009, when he led 83 laps and beat Mike Bliss to the checkered flag by 1.319 seconds.

Bowyer will drive the No. 14 ITsavvy/Haas Automation Ford Mustang for SHR at Dover.

ITsavvy (pronounced I-T-savvy) is a second-year primary sponsor in the Cup Series. The Addison, Illinois-based company is one of the fastest-growing resources for integrated IT products and technology solutions in the United States. ITsavvy has catapulted rapidly from a Midwest startup to a national leader in IT products and solutions.

Founded in 2004 by Mike Theriault and Chris Kurpeikis, ITsavvy has been consistently recognized as one of the fastest-growing businesses of its type. ITsavvy is a single-source, end-to-end IT partner. The company combines a comprehensive, value-added reseller business of more than 1 million computer, hardware and software products with an industry-leading advanced solutions group. ITsavvy has access to $8 billion in daily inventory in 46 distribution centers around the country with the ability to ship in-stock items the same day they are ordered.

Haas Automation is America’s leading builder of CNC machine tools. Founded by Gene Haas in 1983, Haas Automation manufactures a complete line of vertical and horizontal machining centers, turning centers and rotary tables and indexers. All Haas products are built in the company’s 1.1 million-square-foot manufacturing facility in Oxnard, California, and distributed through a worldwide network of Haas Factory Outlets.

Clint Bowyer, Driver of the No. 14 ITsavvy/Haas Automation Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

What do you expect will be different at Dover this weekend?

“Nothing. You’re gonna fight the same thing, the same struggles. Everybody will be a little bit better. You’ll learn from the first race and make adjustments as we progress. The teams learn a little bit better setup. The aero boys get a little bit better there, but it’s not like you just get better. Everybody gets better, so it’s kind of more of the same.”

How do the Round of 12 tracks stack up for you?

“Yeah, I mean you’ve got to always have confidence, no different than this. This is an opportunity. When you have a track that you say is a wild-card race, that’s an opportunity. And in the situation we’re in, you’ve got to be able to look forward to those opportunities at hand because we need one.”

Do you have confidence going to Dover?

“Dover is a good track for me. It’s a place that I really enjoy racing at and, usually when you’re enjoying something, it’s because you run well there. It’s just a good track for me.”

What are your thoughts on Dover?

“Dover is always a cool track that 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.”

How important is experience at Dover?

“I’m telling you, this is one of the toughest tracks I went to the first time I came, but it’s a demanding racetrack. Here’s the thing about this track – it’s hard enough to get around here by yourself, then you get to racing somebody and now you get frustrated and it’s so easy to get yourself in trouble on that racetrack. That being said, I think younger drivers get themselves in trouble in racing conditions on this demanding racetrack.”

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 ITsavvy/Haas Automation Team Report

Round 30 of 36 – Dover 400 – Dover

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

At Track PR Contact: Heather Griffin 704-249-1337​ 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 Aurora, Colorado respectively

Tire Specialist: Russell Simpson

Hometown: Medford, New York

Shock Specialist: Wayne Smith

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

Notes of Interest:

B​owyer owns career totals of 10 wins, three poles, 80 top-five finishes, 210 top-10s and 2,939 laps led in 498 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races. He also owns eight NASCAR 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 Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Sept. 14, 2019

Last week at Charlotte: Bowyer entered the Round of 16 finale just four points outside the top-12 cutoff. Third-place finishes in the each of the first two stages, plus finishing fourth in the race enabled Bowyer to advance to the Round of 12. It was his second consecutive top-four finish on the Charlotte roval.

Qualifying Roll: Bowyer has four consecutive top-five qualifying efforts, including his third career pole on Sept. 14 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In that span, he has also qualified fifth at Charlotte and Richmond and third at Indianapolis.

Dover in May: Bowyer started 10th and remained at the front of the field throughout the race postponed due to rain from Sunday to Monday. He finished 10th in Stage 1 and ninth in Stage 2 then climbed to eighth late in the race before finishing ninth.

Dover in October 2018: Bowyer started fifth and stayed at the front of the field to finish fourth in the first stage. He started third in the second stage and closed to the bumper of leader and SHR teammate Kevin Harvick before finishing second. He started third in the final stage and raced there until he reported a loose wheel with 33 laps remaining. His race ended on lap 388 when his racecar’s right rear gave way, causing the No. 14 to contact the turn-four wall and come to a stop on the inside guardrail. He finished 35th.

Dover in May 2018: Bowyer started 12th and drove to seventh by the end of Stage 1. He started and finished Stage 2 fifth but, in the final stage, he took the lead on lap 297 and held it until NASCAR stopped the race because of rain on lap 316. Once the race resumed, Bowyer held the lead until Harvick passed him on lap 337. Bowyer continued in second place until the end of the race.
Bowyer Xfinity success at Dover: He owns two NASCAR Xfinity Series victories. He led 70 laps and beat Matt Kenseth by .547 of a second on Sept. 23, 2006 to win his third of eight Xfinity Series victories in his career. His most recent Xfinity Series victory also came at Dover, Sept. 26, 2009, when he led 83 laps and beat Mike Bliss to the checkered flag by 1.319 seconds.

All-time victory list: With 10 career victories, Bowyer is in a 59th-place tie on the all-time Cup Series wins list with Donnie Allison and Sterling Marlin.

SHR has three points-paying victories at Dover (Tony Stewart in June 2013 and Harvick in May 2018 and October 2015) and has 10 top-five finishes and 22 top-10s in 66 starts.

All-Time Victory List: With 10 career victories, Bowyer is in a 59th-place tie on the all-time wins list with Donnie Allison and Sterling Marlin.

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