You know what Clint Bowyer needs after a rough start to the 2014 season? A good short track. Thankfully for the Kansas native, Martinsville is this weekend.

“When I first went there the first couple of seasons in the sport that was the one race track that I couldn’t wait to leave -- I was terrible, I hated it -- every aspect of it,” said Bowyer. “Everything in your natural tendencies as a race car driver doesn’t hold true there. We’ve focused hard on Martinsville. Studied it, tested a lot of tracks in preparation for Martinsville and got a good setup underneath of us. We’ve taken that all there and have been solid ever since.”

He’s been more than solid. He’s had three straight top five’s including a second place finish last spring. Just the kind of track Bowyer needs as he tries to climb from 23rd place in the standings and to end a 46 race winless streak.

“We’ve had speed and been good in practice and qualifying. Our finishes just don’t show it,” said Bowyer. “We had a good run going at Las Vegas and were going to have a great finish last weekend at California. Shoot we had a shot at the win there and just had more bad luck with the tire going down there at the end. We’ve got things going in the right direction. We just need a little luck to go our way. We’ve been running too well not to have better finishes to show for all our hard work.”