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2012 Talladega II: Clint Bowyer NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Oct 02, 2012 - 05:38 PM
2012 Talladega II: Clint Bowyer NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview

Clint Bowyer’s No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota will turn pink in October.

And that makes the Chase’s fourth-place driver happy.

“If I’m going to be wearing pink and driving a pink car it better be for a great cause!” said Bowyer. “Trust me, this is a great cause.”


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The paint scheme that makes its first appearance this weekend in Talladega calls attention to the Avon Foundation for Breast Cancer Crusade as well as 5-hour ENERGY’s newest flavor—Pink Lemonade.

“I hate breast cancer,” said Bowyer. “I have a great group of women in my life and they all have friends and family that have been touched by breast cancer. Breast cancer is just a bad deal, but it can be treated and every dollar of money we raise for research and education helps. If we can bring awareness and help fund research then I’ll drive a pink car all day long.”

In 2012, 5-hour ENERGY is donating at least $75,000 to the Avon Foundation for Women Breast Cancer Crusade in connection with its new Pink Lemonade flavor. But that donation can increase a lot. The more Pink Lemonade 5-hour ENERGY sells, the more they will donate.

The Avon Foundation for Women Breast Cancer Crusade has supported research and care for 20 years. The Avon Foundation has raised and donated more than $740 million to breast cancer programs around the world, including more than $175 million to breast cancer research.

“I couldn’t be more proud of 5-hour ENERGY than I am now,” said Rise’ Meguiar, 5-hour ENERGY vice president of sales and marketing. “There is a great need for breast cancer research and access to care. I’m happy that 5-hour ENERGY and MWR are playing an important role in raising funds and increasing awareness.”

Bowyer will also drive the pink paint scheme in the Charlotte, Kansas and Martinsville races.

Breast Cancer Statistics
· More than 240,000 women and 1,000 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. this year.
· More than 40,000 women and 400 men die each year from the disease.
· There are more than 2 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.
· One person is diagnosed approximately every three minutes, and one person dies from the disease every 14 minutes.


· POINT STANDING: Bowyer is fourth in the point standing with 2117 points. Bowyer trails leader Brad Keselowski by 25 points. Bowyer entered the Chase with six bonus points for his wins at Sonoma and Richmond and gained a seventh by leading a lap at Dover. Prior to 2012, the best season any driver in the history of MWR has finished in a season is 16th in the final point standings (David Reutimann, 2009).

· BOWYER AT TALLADEGA: Bowyer will make his 14th NSCS start at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday. In his previous 13 starts Bowyer has two wins, four top-five and seven top-10 finishes while leading 88 laps. He finished sixth in June. Bowyer averages a 20th place starting position and finish of 16th.

· BOWYER AT TALLADEGA SINCE 2010: In his last five starts at Talladega, Bowyer has two wins, three top-five and five top-10 finishes. He has scored 465 points - most of any driver. Next closest driver is Kevin Harvick with 28 points less. He has an average finish of 3.4 - best of any driver. He has led 82 laps over that span, which is second only to Matt Kenseth’s 116. He is the only driver to have five top-10s in the last five races.

· BOWYER AT FALL TALLADEGA: Clint Bowyer is the two-time defending race winner of the fall Talladega race. Bowyer started second, led 19 laps and won in 2010. He started third, led 25 laps and won in 2011. In six career fall races at Talladega, Bowyer has an average finish of 10.8. (compared to 19.7 in the spring race). He has led 50 of his 88 laps led in the fall race and has led in four of his six fall starts.

· CHASSIS NOTES: Primary chassis No. 705 finished eighth in the season opening Budweiser Shootout. No. 705 also served as backup for the Spring Talladega and July Daytona races. Backup chassis No. 709 finished 11th in the Daytona 500.

· 2012 BOWYER vs. CAREER BOWYER: Bowyer has scored two win (Sonoma and Richmond-2), seven top-five and 18 top-10 finishes and is tied for fourth through the first 29 races of 2012. In his six previous seasons, Bowyer best ranking through 28 races was third in 2007, most top-five finishes was five in 2010 and most top-10s was 15 in 2010. See side bar for additional comparison.

· MORE ON 2012: Bowyer has led 192 laps – three at Las Vegas, two at Martinsville, one at Michigan, 71 at Sonoma, one at New Hampshire,19 at Michigan, 88 at Richmond, six at Chicago and one at Dover. At Sonoma, Bowyer scored his sixth career Cup Series win and his first on a road course. In Richmond Bowyer scored his seventh career Cup Series win and his second at Richmond. He has an average finish of 11.1 and start of 14.4. Bowyer’s best average finish for a season came in 2007 when he averaged a finish of 13.8 and finished third in the final point standings.

· MWR IN 2012: MWR’s five Cup Series drivers have scored a combined record of two wins (Bowyer at Sonoma and Richmond), 20 top-five and 47 top-10 finishes through the 29 races of the season. Four drivers have recorded three or more top-five finishes – Bowyer has seven, Truex Jr. has six, Martin has four and Vickers has three. All five drivers, including Waltrip, have recorded a top-10.

· 900 AND COUNTING: Clint Bowyer led one lap at Dover to give MWR’s Toyotas 900 laps led in the 29 Sprint Cup Series races of 2012. Truex Jr. leads the MWR charge with 423 laps led, Bowyer 192, Martin with 133, Vickers 131, and Waltrip with 21.

· CHASE GEAR: Get the newest MWR/5-hour ENERGY Chase for the Sprint Cup gear at MWR’s new team store www.MWRTeamStore.com. The online team store is a one-stop shop for all MWR driver and team merchandise.

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