Well we learned this weekend at Charlotte that Clint Bowyer is still pretty good there, we also learned he still has pretty rotten luck this season. The Kansas native ran up toward the front in the early half of the race, but tire trouble trapped him a couple laps down. He would battle back to a 17th place finish.
NASCAR heads off to the Dover this weekend. This could be a good chance for Bowyer to get that all important first win of the season, he had has six consecutive top 10 finishes at the Monster Mile.
“I would say that’s good, not great,” said Bowyer. “It’s just a good race track for me -- it always has been even in the Nationwide Series. I never won there in the Cup Series, but I’ve gotten close there a few times last year.”
The pressure is on the 15 team as NASCAR reaches the half-way point in the season. The bad luck Bowyer has had this season has him 20th in the points standings. Under the new Chase for the Championship format, that means he really needs a win or two.
“I guess for me right now in the very situation that I’m in, looking back and then looking ahead -- it gives me a good feeling that I am only halfway and there’s still halfway to go,” said Bowyer. “The first half certainly isn’t where we’re accustomed to running and hasn’t been near as smooth as we need it to be. The flip side to that is we’re only halfway and we’ve got a long ways to go with a lot of racing.”
And Dover will not be the easiest of tracks to get it done at.
“It’s such a demanding race track. It’s just so intense,” said Bowyer. “There are certain race tracks -- all of them are intense obviously, but some it is just complete chaos the whole time. Dover is one of the tracks that you leave there pretty well spent.”
The 15 team will bring a brand new car to the track this weekend, perhaps that will change the mojo a little bit.