The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

Published On: Oct 29 2013 11:54:53 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 30 2013 10:11:21 AM CDT

Most years an 11th place finish in the Chase is enough to help you make up some ground in the Championship standings, but this is not most years. While Clint Bowyer crept back up one place to eighth, he lost eight points to the leader Matt Kenseth and is now 63 points back.

There is good news and bad news as NASCAR heads to Talladega. Dega is a very good track for the Kansas native, he runs extremely well in Alabama and seems to avoid the big wreck more often than not, as evidenced by his two wins there. The bad news is, the same can be said for Kenseth and second place Jimmie Johnson, plus Bowyer hasn't been all that great there lately, finishing 18th in the spring and 23rd last fall.

"Talladega is the race that can win or lose you the Chase in a fraction of a second," said Bowyer. "It's a traffic jam at 200 mph. You have to survive until the end, which is easier said then done, all while putting yourself in the right position to win and get as many points as you can."

And that is part of the strategy to getting around restrictor plate tracks, especially Dega because of it's position in the Chase. Minimize the risk and hope to give yourself a chance at the end.

"You have to drive aggressive and be defensive all at the same time," said Bowyer. "You worry about what you are doing and keep track of who is around you. If you make a mistake chances are you'll end up with a wrecked race car."

Of course given Bowyer's place in the standings right now, he is ready to take advantage of any mistakes the others make.

"If you are as far back in points as we are right now - if something happens early in the race it can put you right back in this thing. You just have to race and hope it all works out in the end."