Clint Bowyer needed a homerun, and he got it last weekend in Charlotte. It could have been very easy for the team to hang its head after losing ground in the championship race at his best track. But instead they buckled down and won at what is one of their worst tracks, picking up valuable chase position along the way.
"Coming off of the win obviously rolling into your hometown is a lot of fun," said Bowyer. "A lot of confidence, a lot of momentum, everything that comes off of a win."
And as Bowyer mentioned this week the series heads to Kansas, Bowyer's home track. Coming to Kansas is both a good and bad thing for him. Being around family and friends is always good, but he has also had a string of disappointing runs at the Kansas Speedway.
"You put a lot of pressure on yourself because it's important to you," said Bowyer. "You know, it's important to run good in front of your hometown crowd and in front of your family and friends and everybody that comes out there.
"I've gotten close a couple times," Bowyer continued. "So maybe this is the time."
Previously though, Kansas has been a mixed bag for Bowyer. He has just one top five and three top tens and an average finish of 15th. That includes a blown engine and a finish of 36th in April. But the track will be a little different this time due to a reconfiguration project.
"Kansas is very special, a lot of testing over the next couple days, looking forward to getting there and seeing what we have for a race car and the new repave," said Bowyer. "My teammate Mark Martin was there, did the test for us, said our cars were really good. So just anticipating a good weekend."