Bowyer Hanging On To Chase Spot
July 30, 2010 | 2:29 A.M. EST
With six races remaining before the 12-man Chase for the Sprint Cup Series field is set, the Richard Childress Racing driver is 62 points ahead of Mark Martin in the 13th spot. Bowyer only trails 11th place Greg Biffle by 16.
That tight race makes Sunday's second visit of the year to the 2.5-mile Pocono track even more important and Bowyer brings confidence into the 21st race of the season.
"Pocono is a race track where I feel we can have a top-five run," he said. "The last time there, we led a lot of laps early and circumstances took us out of it at the end. At one point, we were 29th, but we were fortunate enough to get back up to where we needed to be. This is a race track where I think we can get a good run going and help keep us locked in the top 12."
With the short turnaround since the series last raced at Pocono a mere eight weeks ago, Bowyer believes much will transfer into Sunday's race.
"Yes, I think that is exactly it," he said. "When you look at your strong points, you see how motors, with our power, were strong there. We made some mistakes in the race and got ourselves dialed out, so, we need to make sure we lean on our notes and not do that again."
In nine NSCS starts at the "Tricky Triangle," Bowyer has earned one top-five and five top-10 finishes. His best finish at the 2.5-mile tri-oval came last August where he led 23 laps en route to a third-place finish. The two-time NSCS race winner has completed 1,659 of 1,710 laps contested (97 percent) and owns a 16.6 average finish at the Long Pond, Pa., facility.
He sat out front near the end of the June race thanks to pit strategy and a quest to gain track position only to eventually lose spots when other leaders came to pit road for adjustments. Bowyer will remember what being in the lead felt like on Sunday and hopes to maintain that spot a while longer this time around.
"It was awesome. I didn't want it to end," Bowyer said. "I wanted it to stay green all day long. I passed the eventual race winner twice and drove away from him each time. Then, when it came time to get it done at the end, they dusted us. They made better adjustments and did a better job with their opportunities. It is as simple as that."