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2014 Bristol II: Clint Bowyer NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Aug 20, 2014 - 05:30 PM
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2014 Bristol II: Clint Bowyer NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview


The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pulls into Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. The “Colosseum,” as the .533-mile high-banked concrete oval is nicknamed, has produced some epic battles and post-event fireworks.

 

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With three races to go before the field for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is set, Clint Bowyer knows every point counts. The No. 15 5-hour ENERGY team has been knocking off consistent finishes. In the past six races, Bowyer has scored four top-10 finishes.

The Brian Pattie led team knows that being consistent is what’s needed to keep a foothold on a spot in the Chase. With top-15 finishes in the last five races at Bristol, Bowyer knows that keeping his eye on the prize is what’s needed to reward this 5-hour ENERGY Toyota team with a spot in the post season.

What’s Bristol like?
“It reminds me of the movie Gladiator. You know someone’s going to agitate you. You walk in and the fans are right on you. It’s an incredible atmosphere.”

Crew Chief Brian Pattie:
What do you have to do to have a good run at Bristol?
“Well it goes without saying that track position is key. It should be a good race. Tires seem like they fall off at the end and that will make for an exciting finish. Strategy is kind of out of the window because everyone is on the same strategy now. Instead of two people or even 10 people on the same strategy, everyone is. So now, it goes back to having a good car. And we’ve had good cars at Bristol with the exception of the spring race. Clint likes the track. We’re looking for another good run this weekend.”

Are you going for wins or consistent finishes these next few weekends trying to make the Chase?
“We go to the track every weekend looking to win. That doesn’t change. But we’re not going to be stupid. If we have a chance to win we will go for it, of course, but we aren’t going to do something to jeopardize a good finish. We just need to stay focused on what we need to do to get a finish and if a win is in reach we will go for it.”

CHASSIS
Chassis No. 800 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Bristol. This chassis raced at Kentucky in June where Bowyer finished 23rd and Dover in June where he finished 4th. Chassis No. 804 serves as the back-up chassis and finished 12th at Darlington and 15th at Bristol earlier this year.

BRISTOL STATS
· Five top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 17 starts
· Completed 7,936 of 8,516 laps (93.2%) and has led 137 laps
· Average start 20.2 and average finish 16.0
· Two DNFs (did not finish) - March 2011 and August 2010



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