Bowyer Trying Not To Feel Heat

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Clint Bowyer is doing his best to go about business and not put any added pressure on himself as he holds the final Chase transfer spot with two races left in the regular season including Sunday night's Emory Healthcare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The Richard Childress Racing driver has a 100 point advantage over Jamie McMurray and 101 over Mark Martin heading into Sunday night's Labor Day weekend stop at AMS.

He's confident that cushion can be added to this week as well as next Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway.

"I'm pretty confident we can go to Atlanta and have us a good run and then on to my favorite track in Richmond and be able to back that up," Bowyer said. "I want to be able to put a little bit more pad in it in Atlanta and go into Richmond and not have to worry about it and go after a win."

Bowyer doesn't want to look too far ahead but believes a solid run at Atlanta will lead to even better things in Richmond, one of his favorite tracks on the schedule.

"That is one of my best opportunities to win a race," Bowyer said of RIR. "I'd like to be in a situation where I don't have to look over my shoulder and be conservative when it comes down to time to gamble."

Bowyer believes once he does make the Chase, a relaxed approach is the best way to handle the pressure of running in the championship season.

"Here recently, we've had to look over our shoulder...," Bowyer said of his battle to just make the Chase field. "But I'm fairly confident that when we get in this Chase, and we're the 12th seed, you don't have anywhere to go but up.

"It's a fun situation to be in because you don't have any pressure. Nobody counts on you to do anything. The year we got in it, we won our first race and ended up third in the points because you're able to make all the gambles you can, take all the chances possible and go for it, you know? That's a fun way to race."

Racing at Atlanta is also fun for the former dirt track standout who likes to slip and slide his way around the lightning-fast, 1.54-mile track.

"That's exactly what you're doing. You're dirt-tracking at 200 miles per hour around a big race track," Bowyer said. "You have to get up on the wheel to make things happen, but hold onto the car and don't let it get out from underneath you."

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