Richard Childress Racing

Bowyer long prepped for new Cup success, best start at Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas — Clint Bowyer had long prepared to enjoy this season, knowing the opportunity waiting for him to be successful again in the NASCAR Cup Series.

That certainly helped Bowyer get through the worst season in his career with a now-shuttered team.

"Last year is just last year. I think I was prepared to enjoy this year even last year," said Bowyer, now driving the No. 14 Stewart-Haas car in the former seat of one of the team's owners.

"This is an opportunity that doesn't come along very often, whether it was my first opportunity in this sport or my last."

Bowyer will start third Sunday in Texas. His best qualifying effort since...

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