Sometimes I think Kansas native Clint Bowyer just puts too much pressure on himself when he comes home to the Kansas Speedway. And yes it is no fun to come home, get spun early and ride around the entire night two or three laps down. So I can understand why he was not in the mood to talk to me after the race. But as a reporter, I gotta ask.

Bowyer did eventually release a quote though Toyota about his performance at Kansas, where he finished 23rd.

“Well that was disappointing and certainly not how he wanted to finish the race at my home track,” said Bowyer in the release.  “We just couldn't seem to get the handling right tonight on our No.15 Cherry 5-hour Energy Toyota.  Just a disappointing end to a great week.”

This week could be another great week for Bowyer and maybe with a better finish. NASCAR stays parked in Charlotte this weekend for the annual All-Star race. Since Bowyer didn’t win a race last year and hasn’t won yet this season, he had two ways to get into Saturday night’s million dollar race.

The first way is, he can win Friday night’s Sprint Showdown. Bowyer should be one of the favorites to do so. For starters, Charlotte has become a pretty good track for him in recent years, with his last win coming there in October of 2012. Also, a lot of the top drivers in the sport are already in the All-Star race and won’t be racing in the showdown.

The other was Bowyer can get in, is via the fan vote. NASCAR released the top 10 vote getters in that race, and Bowyer was among them. But this spot seems to be Danica’s to lose. If you want to vote for Bowyer, you can do so here.

““The All-Star weekend is always a great one,” said Bowyer. “There’s a lot for the fans to do. A lot of the drivers have different schemes that look cool under the lights. There’s always a concert and oh yeah, there’s a million dollars on the line. It’s a recipe for a good time. I’m looking forward to it. Sprint puts on a good show and has a lot going on during the week. We’re working hard to make sure we race our way into Saturday’s show in our Charter Toyota.”