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Bowyer goes from dirt racing to road course victory lane

By admin | June 24, 2012

By Richard Allen


When NASCAR competes on road courses there are drivers in the field from a number of genres that could prepare drivers for racing on those twisting circuits. Former Formula 1 drivers, IndyCar drivers, 24 Hours of Daytona competitors and Grand Am racers are all represented within the typical field. Any of those types of racing provide those who partake in them with the training needed to win a Sprint Cup race on a road course.

Of all the forms of racing, dirt tracking would seem the least likely to produce a road course winner. But on Sunday afternoon in Sonoma, California that’s exactly what happened. Clint Bowyer, who began his racing career driving street stocks and modifieds on the unpaved oval surfaces of his native Kansas, sailed to victory in a Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota.

Bowyer seems to be in agreement that his win in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 was an unexpected one. “Wow, what a weekend,” he remarked on Twitter just after the race. “Thanks to all that made this happen. Never thought in a million years they’d get my ass in VL(Victory Lane) on a road course!”

Bowyer led on three separate occasions during Sunday’s race, the last covering the final 39 laps of the event. He was pressured by Kurt Busch over the course of those final circuits but held on to the top spot until the checkered flag waved.

This NASCAR regular has maintained his ties to dirt racing by owning a two car team that competes on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series with drivers Jared Landers and Jonathan Davenport. Over the weekend, Davenport came ever so close to winning in both Gaffney, South Carolina and Rural Retreat, Virginia.

Bowyer is also a part-time competitor in dirt racing. He has won the ‘Prelude to the Dream’ charity race at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway and often races in Florida during Speedweeks.

But as unlikely as it may sound, on Sunday it was a dirt racer’s turn to show Formula 1 winners, IndyCar winners, 24 Hours of Daytona winners and Grand Am winners how to get it done on a NASCAR road course.

John Blankenship carves through Lucas field at Wythe

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One Response to “Bowyer goes from dirt racing to road course victory lane”

  1. mikeyfan1599 Says:
    June 25th, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Nice to see Clint and MWR in Victory Lane. They have been knocking on the door all year and finally opened it. Now to get Truex Jr. a win to solidify both making the chase would be awesome.