Bowyer on the Backstretch

Bowyer on the Backstretch (August 15, 2012)

If you ever doubted it, doubt no more. Kansas native Clint Bowyer can flat get it done on the short tracks. Bowyer raced from 23rd to finish fifth at Bristol over the weekend. Bowyer has not finished out of the top 10 at a short track now since October of 2011.

Now NASCAR moves from the high banked short track at Bristol to the flat intermediate track at Auto Club Speedway. While intermediate tracks have not in general been good for Bowyer, he has been good in Cali. In 12 starts he has two top fives and seven top tens.

"We've had our muligan already and it's out of the way," said Bowyer. " Had a good strong finish at Bristol and it was a good thing to get things turned around going into Fontana, which is another good track for me."

It's really hard to put into words just how impressive Bowyer's consistency has been over the past season and four races. He briefly dipped out of the top 15 in points (to 17th) last spring before Vegas. But has been one of the best cars ever since. It's really remarkable when you look at names like Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman...all currently out of the top 20 in points.

"It's all about people," said Bowyer. "I'm pretty young and new at this but I've learned pretty quickly it's all about the people you have around you. (Crew Chief) Brian Pattie has been influential in that. There were a lot of good people at MWR, but Pattie assembled a team that catered to my needs."

And speaking of catering to needs, Bowyer made the jump feet first into the service business this week, with the opening of the Clint Bowyer Autoplex in Emporia. Bowyer said he firmly believes that putting down roots in his community is as important to him as it is to his hometown.

“This is really a dream come true for me in so many ways," said Bowyer I used to work at that dealership before I ever got to the Sprint Cup Series. I was the young guy running around doing anything and everything that needed to be done. Now I’m in a position to partner with the Davis-Moore Auto Group to buy the dealership and continue giving back to the community that I grew up in. This is where I’m from. It’s where my parents still live. I couldn’t be any prouder or happier to be in this position and to continue to support my hometown community.”