Clint Bowyer will get a second chance this weekend at Charlotte. After qualifying second and finishing 16th at the All-Star race, Bowyer is hoping to improve his performance this week as NASCAR will stay parked in Charlotte for a second straight week for the Coca Cola 600.
"It's always been a tough difficult track for me to get a good finish at," said Bowyer. "I've had some hard hits there along with some bad runs and bad luck. Things always seem to happen to us at Charlotte. It's just not one of my good tracks."
And the numbers seem to back that up. Over ten races, Bowyer has an average finish around 18th, with one top-five and three top-10 finishes. His best finish was second, but it came nearly 4 years ago.
"We're a hit-or-miss team at Charlotte big time," said Bowyer. "That's a track where we can go lead some laps and have some time in the sun, or we can go there, be in the clouds all day long and never be able to see the light of day."
And it can turn into a long day if you are not running well, since it is NASCAR's longest race. So how can you make it better? What is the secret for running well in this 600 miler?
Bowyer said, "Oh man, you just need to keep getting track position and keep everything in good shape. Everything has to be good the entire night. Everyone has to hit their marks. Pit stops have to go well. Transitioning the setup into the night has to be smooth. Everything has to be good for such a long period of time."
One more note about this racing holiday weekend. Monday is Bowyer's 32 birthday. So an ealy happy birthday to Kansas Kid.