All-Star Debut For Bowyer

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Clint Bowyer is anxious to make his first start in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Saturday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway as well as participating in the first annual burnout and victory celebration contest.

Bowyer's win in New Hampshire last September and his follow-up victory at Richmond two weeks ago secured his spot in the annual event.

And the former dirt track star is psyched about the shot he now has for the night's $1 million first prize.

“Growing up racing dirt cars, you always went where the money was at," Bowyer said. "You always wanted to race the big money shows. That’s where it was, and still is, at. Everybody who was anybody would show up at the big money races in the Midwest. That’s what it’s all about."

"For me, to finally be guaranteed a starting spot and not have to qualify my way in is exciting. It’s very important to be in the show.”

This year's show will be split into four 25-lap segments which will more likely than not culminate in a mad dash to the checkered flag in the final session.

Bowyer says he's ready for the madness.

“You’ll do some pretty crazy things for a million bucks," he said. "Some wild things have happened at Lowe’s Motor Speedway because of that. Hopefully, the Jack Daniel’s Chevrolet will be out front and we won’t have to worry about wrecking any body. If that’s the case, all I’ll have to worry about is them wrecking me.”

“Obviously, the all-star race, with $1 million to win, that’s what we’ve got our sights set on. It’s a go for broke deal and that’s what everyone comes to see.”

The new wrinkle to this year's activities is the addition of the Pennzoil Victory Challenge, a competition Bowyer will compete in that rewards the best burnout.

That also has Bowyer pumped up about the weekend.

“The NBA has a slam dunk competition," Bowyer said. "Major League Baseball has a home run derby and now NASCAR has the Pennzoil Victory Challenge. It’s going to be a neat event and hopefully, it will catch on and we’ll do it for years to come."

"I’m looking forward to it. The Richard Petty Driving Experience is going to provide the cars so we’ll have good cars to do burnouts and donuts in. Hopefully, we’ll put on a good show for the fans because that’s what it’s all about.”

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