Two to go this time around and Kansas native Clint Bowyer finds himself seventh in the points standings. Just proof of just how incredibly tough this years Chase for the Championship is, Bowyer dropped a spot in the points standings, despite a 10th place finish at Texas last week.
This week, NASCAR heads to Phoenix, the site of one of the more memorable moments in Bowyer's career. I mean who can forget the image of him sprinting across the cup garage like Usain Bolt in search of Jeff Gordon after the two tangled in the race. And in retrospect, that crash may have been the difference between a title, and Bowyer's eventual second place finish.
Overall, Bowyer has had mixed results on the Arizona short track with a career best finish of second and five career top tens.
"Unfortunately our stats don't’ show how good we’ve been there the last couple years,” said Bowyer. “In the second race I was at MWR we had an issue that put us a lot of laps down early, but we were fast once we got it figured out. We were fast last fall, but didn’t make it to the end of the race - and we were fast this spring.”
And even though a title is realisticly out of the picture, Bowyer can still make a statement, by getting into the top five in the points, He is just seven points behind fifth place Jeff Gordon. And if he does that, it will be the best finish for a driver following-up a runner up season, since Matt Kenseth’s fourth place finish in 2007. Pretty impressive for a team without a win this year, and one that has dealt with plenty of distractions.
“I think a top-five for our team, with everything that we’ve gone through, a top-five finish in the Chase would be a great accomplishment and goal for us and that is where my mind is at right now.”