The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

Published On: Jul 10 2014 10:46:36 AM CDT

Somewhere in Clint Bowyer's room of hunting trophies hangs something you may not expect to see. It’s a lobster. Yes a lobster. Bowyer got the prize for the winning race at New Hampshire in 2010 and to him is seemed like as good a place as any to display his prize.

“It’s hanging on my wall right next to my trophy animals -- I figure it’s a trophy right,” said Bowyer. “I have four or five deer heads on the wall, a couple elk heads and my lobster. Everybody is like, ‘I get it, I get it, I get it, why is that there?’  Hey, it’s a trophy.”

Bowyer seems to get running at New Hampshire. He also won there in 2007 and he has four top fives and six top tens in 16 career starts.

“You’ve got to be able to roll the middle with momentum faster than the next guy and you’ve got to be able to put that throttle down,” said Bowyer. “Those are two hard things to do. You get the thing to where it will really roll the middle good and it’s pretty free and now you’re too loose up off. You get the thing tightened up in the center and now you can’t get off the corner right to pass anybody. It’s a really, really hard thing to juggle right there and it’s all hubbed around the center of the apex of that long corner.”

A good run or even better a win, would be just what the doctor ordered for the 15 car. They are certainly trending up, after an 11 place finish at Daytona, he is now 12th in the regular points standings and 15th on the Chase for Championship grid. A win would all but seal his place in the Chase.