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2013 Kentucky: Clint Bowyer NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Jun 26, 2013 - 06:32 PM
2013 Kentucky: Clint Bowyer NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview

Clint Bowyer drove a Camry off Toyota’s production line at Georgetown, Ky. in February — now he’d like to drive a Camry into victory lane at nearby Kentucky Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver will pilot the No. 15 30th Camry Anniversary Toyota Camry in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race. The best-selling passenger cars are built in Georgetown, Ky. about 45 miles from the track. Carrying the Toyota banner is important to Bowyer who opened his own dealership in Emporia, Kansas in April.


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BOWYER ON DRIVING A CAMRY OFF THE PRODUCTION LINE: “It was really cool to be able to drive a Camry off the line. Somebody does that every 55 seconds and that is mind-boggling. Not only that, those are already bought cars. Those are pre-ordered cars that are already spoken for. That is what’s insane, every 55 seconds somebody is signing their name to a brand new Camry somewhere in the United States and it all happens right there in that plant. Honestly, mind-boggling to see how extravagant the whole process is.”

ON TOYOTA TEAM MEMBERS WORKING ON THE PRODUCTION LINE: “We love them. That was an eye-opener for all of us. Of course, we’re proud of our brand, but being able to see what all goes into one of those Camrys being built makes us even prouder.”

ON KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY: “I haven’t had the best luck so far in Kentucky, and I’m hoping to see that change this weekend. It’s a challenging track as far as a mile-and-a-half goes because the racing surface is so unique. The track has a rough surface, but still has quite a bit of grip. We see more tire fall off there, so guys really have to work on their cars throughout the race and tire management will be huge. It also tends to be very hot and the track temperatures make a big difference.”


· CHASSIS: No. 738 raced at Las Vegas and Darlington. Backup chassis No. 724 has not raced.

· BOWYER IN A CAMRY: Since joining MWR, Bowyer has recorded three wins and 15 top-five (29 percent) finishes in 52 starts in a Toyota Camry. Bowyer finished runner-up to champion Brad Keselowski in 2012 to tie Denny Hamlin (2010) for the highest points finish ever for a Toyota driver - both Bowyer and Hamlin finished second, 39 points behind the eventual champions.

· 2013 vs. 2012: Bowyer is ranked four spots higher (2013 - third; 2012 - seventh), trails last year by one point (2013 - 528 points; 2012 - 529 points), two more top-five finishes (2013 - five; 2012 - three), the same number of top-10 (nine), he has led 37 more laps (2013 - 114 laps; 2012 - 77 laps).

· TOYOTA IN KENTUCKY: The Toyota Camry is built at the Toyota manufacturing facilities in Georgetown, Ky. and Lafayette, Ind. The Camry was named the most American car on the road for the fourth straight year (2009-2012) according to Cars.com American-Made index (based on percentage [by cost] of their parts that are made domestically, where they are assembled and how popular they are among U.S. buyers as judged by Cars.com). The Toyota Tundra also finished in the top-10 (seventh). The Toyota Camry has been the best-selling car in America for the 11th straight year in 2012, and 15 of the past 16 years. Approximately 64 percent of Toyota Camrys sold since 1983 are still on the road today. The 10 millionth Camry is expected within the year.

· TOYOTA IN NASCAR: The Camry is now in its seventh season participating in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Toyota Camrys have accounted for six wins and four poles in 2013. Toyota has won 135 races and earned 121 poles combined between the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series since joining competition in 2007.

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