By HEATHER WILLIAMS
9:40 PM CDT, September 13, 2012
Well as we all know by now, Clint Bowyer has made the chase. And I know I have said it before, but it really is remarkable feet for a driver with a new team and a team that has no history in the chase whatsoever.
"It's so much fun to be a part of the Chase," said Bowyer. "This is a very big deal for Michael Waltrip Racing and Michael Waltrip. I remember in 2007 when Michael was getting ready to start his team and everybody, including me. Now MWR is a part of a pretty elite crowd in this sport. To have two cars in the Chase - the only two cars you had competing for the Chase - that's a really big deal."
It also says a lot about Bowyer as a driver. When I talked with him before the season started he told me that he thought his success this season, would help define him as a driver. I mean he didn't say it in so many words, but it's easy to be successful at a powerhouse like Richard Childress Racing, it's a little more difficult at a what has been considered a second tier team in MWR.
Second tier no more. Bowyer and his teammate Martin Truex, Jr. are both in this seasons chase. That's more than RCR, Stewart-Haas and Joe Gibbs Racing and as many as Roush Fenway. Now, Bowyer has to figure out the next step, from chase contender to chase winner.
"I've gotten close a few times," said Bowyer. "When I am in the Chase, we've always been in the top five. I know we didn't finish there when we finished 10th, but we ran there-60-thousandsths of an inch cost me five positions I wasn't very happy about (NASCAR's penalty). That being said, I think we're capable of getting the job done. I think we can compete with these guys."
Bowyer will take momentum into the chase. He won last week at Richmond and will go in as the sixth seed. Many of the chase tracks are good for Bowyer, including this week at Chicagoland. He has a top five and five top tens at the mile and a half. And his average finish in Joliet is tenth.
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