Clint Bowyer had another solid finish this past weekend at New Hampshire. Solid not, dominating and when you go to a track where you are as good as Bowyer has been at New Hampshire, you need to take advantage. Especially when you are running for a championship.
"Loudon, Dover and Talladega are three races that we need to perform well," said Bowyer's crew Chief Brian Pattie. "We ran well last week at Loudon and got a top-five, but would have liked to do just a little better. We need to perform well heading into Charlotte, which is not one of our best racetracks."
But before we get to Charlotte, two more tracks were Bowyer is strong on Dover this week and Talladega the week after.
The Monster Mile, is just that a mile long and Bowyer has been very good on the short tracks this season. On tracks that are a mile long or less, he has been the third best driver in Sprint Cup. And actually when it comes to average finish he is tied with Denny Hamlin for second best with an average finish of 7.9. Jimmie Johnson is the best at 6.2.
"Continue to be consistent. Take changes where it makes sense, where you can. You can't take chances that are too far outside the box because as you saw at Loudon most of the top-10 are going to be Chasers," said Pattie. "I just look back at the last 10 races and know that we've been pretty good - very consistent. We've been as consistent as anyone in the field. We still need to lead more laps. We need to be more of a threat week in and week out, instead of just being a top-five, top-10 guy to win the Championship."
The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch
Bowyer on the Backstretch (August 15, 2012)