Bowyer on the Backstretch

Bowyer on the Backstretch (May 12, 2012)

So far the month of June has been very good for Kansas' own Clint Bowyer. A fifth place finish at Dover, followed by a sixth place finish at Pocono, and Bowyer now finds himself ninth in the points standings.

"The race at Pocono with the new surface and shorter race proved to be more exciting for the race fans and changed the dynamic of the race for the drivers," Bowyer continued. "Pocono still has a lot of character even after the repave, but it was smoother and had more grip."

Bowyer has spent the week a one of three drivers testing at Bristol Motor Speedway. You may remember BMS announced a repave project after the spring race because it seemed fans were unhappy with the racing.

"I have to give a tip of the cap to the folks at SMI, Bristol Motor Speedway and NASCAR for listening to the fans and making the changes that needed to be made to provide a better experience at Bristol," said Bowyer. "The surface before wasn't bad and it wasn't bad racing, but it wasn't the Bristol that we all grew up watching. I think the fans will be happy with the changes they made."

As for the actually racing this week, after back to back weekends at two of the more unusual tracks on the circuit, the Sprint Cup Series now head to a more "traditional" track in the Michigan International Speedway. Michigan is a track that Bowyer has slowly been improving at. In 12 starts at the two mile track, Bowyer has four top-10 finishes. His best finish at Michigan is eighth, which he has done three times including both races last season.

"If Michigan is even close to the job that they did at Pocono and Bristol then I think the fans will be in for a treat this weekend. It should be very fast, exciting racing and make for a great show. I can't even remember the last time I visited three racetracks in a two week period that all had new racing surfaces. It's pretty great to see the investments that ISC, SMI, Pocono and NASCAR are making in these tracks to improve the product on the track."