Bowyer Baffled By Problems

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Clint Bowyer has suffered through a disappointing last few weeks and the Richard Childress Racing driver is hoping to get things back on track after the final break of the Sprint Cup Series season.

His 22nd-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway dropped Bowyer outside the Chase cut-off to 13th in the series standings.

"The last month or month-and-a-half for us in the Cup cars, it’s just uncharacteristic of us," said Bowyer over the weekend at Gateway International Raceway at the Nationwide Series race weekend. "It’s been hard to handle. "I mean all of us are working hard. It’s always easy to run good and hard to run bad. Every time it seems like you’re running bad you just work harder and you can’t find it. Every team’s gone through it.

"And I think this is really the first time that we’ve actually as a team, the 07 car with (crew chief) Gil (Martin) and everybody, that we’re just struggling.”

The biggest problem for Bowyer and company have come on the mid-sized tracks like Chicagoland, a trend the team has to change if it intends to make this year's playoffs.

“It’s on the mile-and-a-halfs, it’s not like we’re struggling everywhere,” said Bowyer. "The short tracks we’re still good. We’ve still got a good short-track program. It’s just typically in the past the mile-and-a-halves have been our bread and butter tracks for us. It was an easy top 10 and it’s just not right now. I mean, it’d be like a win to finish in the top 10 right now on a mile-and-a-half for us.

“We’re just missing a piece of the puzzle and I’ve got 100 percent confidence in those guys that they’re going to be able to find it.”

The good news for Bowyer is the next 1.5-mile track on the schedule is Kansas in September, but first he will need to make the Chase.

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