By HEATHER WILLIAMS
7:39 PM CDT, October 10, 2012
Opportunity lost. That is what this past weekend was for Clint Bowyer, an opportunity lost. Talladega is by far the Kansas native's best track and he had a chance to win. But his amazing Alabama luck ran out on Sunday a he got caught up in the "big one" and finished a disappointing 23rd.
"Yeah, we stubbed our toe a little bit last week in Talladega, but that is Talladega," said Bowyer. "I thought I was where I needed to be when I needed to be there and it just didn't happen this time. With everything that has happened this year we are still in a good spot. We have some ground to make up for a Championship, but we are still in this deal and I plan to be right there at the end."
The #15 actually has a lot go ground to make up, almost a full race. Bowyer is now 42 points out of the points lead in fifth place. The most ground you can gain on on race is 47 points. And that is if you win and lead the most laps and the leader finishes last. But Bowyer is still confident.
"We've been right up there in terms of consistency knocking out top-10s about as good as anyone," said Bowyer. "We've had some bad luck and some adversity that we've had to overcome, but if we can start turning some of those top-10s into top-five and maybe a win or two over the last six races we'll be there at the end."
The next few weeks will be a challenge. Bowyer has never been that great at mile and a half tracks, particularly Charlotte, which is up next. In 13 starts, he has one top five and three top tens in Concord. And obviously this a big race for Bowyer for a lot of reasons.
"This race at Charlotte is huge - for everybody. Not just for the drivers, but for the team owner, the crew - this is home for all of them. A win here right in your own back yard - it doesn't get a whole lot bigger than that."
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