The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch
After a tough run at Kentucky, Kansas native Clint Bowyer gets to return to a kind of track that suits his style of racing, the restrictor plate superspeedway at Daytona. Though Bowyer has traditionally been better at Talladega than in Florida, there are some things he can use from the Alabama track this weekend, especially when it comes to qualifying.
“I learned to screw our game plan,” said Bowyer. “We all tried to go out there and help each other. Nine times out of 10 when you over analyze that and try to over think it you don’t get a good result. One of those single car teams or something like that can go out and capitalize on another team trying to do that is always going to prevail. For me, I’m just going to go out there and put a lap down and hang my helmet up and go to the beach and get ready for Saturday night.”
Oh yeah it is a night race, which also makes it a lot different than the other three plate races on the schedule. Bowyer says track temperature plays a big role in the race.
“It does and that is the cool thing about any repave,” said Bowyer. "It’s probably one of the oldest repaves that we’ve had since all this. The worst they are ever going to be is that first race and they just keep getting better and better with age. Certainly, Daytona is no exception. I can remember back in February people were starting to slip and slide around and you heard us complaining about handling issues again -- that’s healthy.”
Bowyer has three top fives and seven top tens in 17 career starts at DIS. His career best finish is fourth, which he’s done three times including at this race last July 4th weekend.