The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

Published On: Apr 24 2014 12:00:00 AM CDT

It’s good news, bad news week for Clint Bowyer as NASCAR heads to Richmond this weekend. Good news…he got married over the break. Bad news…he’s 16th in the points. Good news….he’s got two career wins at Richmond. Bad news…the last time he was there, it didn’t go well. (In case you’ve forgotten…it was an itchy arm…“spin-gate” and his teammate Truex bounced from the Chase. It’s all coming back now right?)

But let’s focus on the good and Bowyer is very, very good at Richmond. To go along with those two victories, the Kansas Kid has an average finish of 10th at the Virginia short track. A year ago in the spring race at Richmond, he finished second. You would think that means Bowyer has figured the place out. But he says it’s not that simple.

“Richmond is unique in the fact that (turns) one and two are drastically different from three and four. There’s no really perfect setup,” said Bowyer. “You can’t just focus on that first corner or just the handling in one and two because about the time you get your car turning really good down there then it’s too loose down in three and four. There’s a handful of tracks in the sport that are that way. You have to have that in the back of your mind when you’re thinking about where your car needs to be for the race that, ‘Hey, I have to remember this thing is going to be loose in.’ Don’t even be even close to being neutral to free in the corner in practice because when you come back you’re going to have your hands full.”