By admin | August 18, 2009
By Richard Allen
Going into the July race in Chicago, Clint Bowyer’s Chase for the Championships hopes looked bleak. At that point, he was in the 16th spot of the overall standings, 135 points out of 12th place. But worse, his entire Richard Childress Racing organization seemed to be fading fast.
In Chicago, however, Bowyer finished 9th. As a matter of fact, he has reeled off four top-10s in the last five races.
Now, he finds himself in a better Chase circumstance. He is currently 14th in the standings, but only 58 points behind 12th place.
The Bristol Motor Speedway is a good place for Bowyer to keep his recent run intact. In seven starts on the track he has scored two top-5s and four top-10s. If Bowyer is to have a legitimate shot at the top-12, he needs to add a fifth top-10 at the high-banked track.
Bowyer has shown particular prowess throughout his career on tracks of one mile and less. He has scored a total of 17 top-10s on tracks of that length over the course of his relatively short career. That is a statistic of great relevance considering there are three races remaining before the Chase cutoff and two of those events will be held on tracks of less than one mile in Bristol and Richmond.
A few weeks ago it looked as if Clint Bowyer might be racing toward the wrong end of the Sprint Cup standings. Now, with momentum in his favor and tracks coming up which have provided some his best career finishes, the Emporia, Kansas driver looks to be well positioned for a championship title shot.
Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.
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