By HEATHER WILLIAMS
2:37 PM CDT, August 8, 2012
Another week, another solid finish for Clint Bowyer, he finished eighth at the rain shortened Pocono. More importantly he looks more and more like a lock to make the chase. The Kansas Kid has a win under his belt and a full race lead over 11th in the points. But that is not good enough for Bowyer.
"We need another win," said Bowyer. "I think that would pretty much put us solidly in the chase. But I want to finish this. At the Chase cut off in Richmond I want to be fifth or sixth. I think that is an obtainable goal."
Bowyer has a shot to get that second win this weekend when the series heads back to the road course. The #15 team was in victory lane the last time NASCAR made right hand turns in Sonoma. But this week's stop at Watkins Glen is a completely different beast. And Bowyer admits he's had a little more trouble getting used to the road course in New York State. He had just one career top ten at the Glen, compared to five at Sonoma.
"If you bring the same setup that we used to win at Sonoma to Watkins Glen, which would be like taking a car built and setup for Martinsville and trying to use it for Dover. It's that much different," said Bowyer. "I just love road course racing. It's fun. It's something a little different than we do each week and it's always a competitive race."
Speaking of competition, Bowyer returned to his dirt track roots on Tuesday night, when he visited the RPM Speedway in Hays. Even though Bowyer is from Kansas, he had never raced at this particular track.
"I really didn't come out here in the west part of the state," said Bowyer. "Most of my stuff was around the Kansas City area. The NASCAR weekly racing series is what I raced, this is an IMCA sanctioned track. So I really didn't run a lot of this sanction, but same principles apply. The cars are virtually the same, I think the tires are a little bit different. But it's four wheels and a steering wheel and you got to make the most of it."
Bowyer scored a top 10 finish in the A main feature, out of a jammed packed field with more than 40 cars including fellow NASCAR driver Kenny Schrader. Not bad for a first timer. And for Bowyer it was just a good way to have fun and visit with some sponsors.
"We are very fortunate to have such good sponsors," said Bowyer. "And then to have a sponsor from Kansas right here in your own back yard, It's just been a fun partnership.
"And they bring you to a race track. This is an appearance here. I'm at a race track racing."