Bowyer Hopes 'Dega Dominance Continues

Clint Bowyer

Clint Bowyer has won two of the last three races at Talladega Superspeedway. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Clint Bowyer has been dominant recently at Talladega Superspeedway and looks to continue that success with his new team and a special paint scheme for Sunday’s Aaron’s 499.

Driving for Richard Childress Racing, Bowyer won two of the last three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at the 2.66-mile superspeedway. He was the runner-up in last season’s spring event, finishing 0.002 seconds behind winner Jimmie Johnson.

Along with his two victories, Bowyer has four top fives and six top-10 finishes in nine career starts at Talladega.

Bowyer now drives for a different team, Michael Waltrip Racing, but hopes to experience similar results.

“I just want to get down there and hopefully have the same success we've had over the past couple of years,” Bowyer said. “It's been a breath of fresh air. I've really enjoyed the people I'm working with. I love my crew chief (Brian Pattie); I think he's done a great job. My teammates, it's just a perfect recipe right now going on at MWR.” Clint Bowyer

This weekend, the No. 15 Toyota will feature a special University of Alabama National Championship paint scheme. Bowyer’s helmet will also honor the iconic Alabama head coach Paul Bear Bryant.

“Talladega is good to me,” Bowyer said. “(I’ve) had a lot of fun there and I can't think of anything bigger than to win in Talladega, Alabama than with the Alabama car.

“It was actually my idea about the helmet. I always have icons on the back of my helmets. Trying to think of something to do with Alabama, it was only fitting to have Bear Bryant on the back of it.”

The Kansas native is a Kansas University fan by nature, but is excited about the opportunity to have Alabama on the car.

“(I’m) certainly a KU fan, but respect all athletics and certainly respect what (Alabama) accomplished in the past years,” Bowyer said. “It's going to be fun to have the Alabama colors for one day.”

Coming off of a seventh-place finish at Richmond International Raceway, Bowyer currently holds the 12th spot in the point standings with one top five and four top 10s this season.

The Aaron’s 499 will see the new rules package that was implemented for the Daytona 500 to reduce tandem racing in order to go back to the traditional pack racing.

“The rules have changed now. It's back to every man for himself. You've got to have a fast race car, put it in the right situation, and have a little bit of luck to see it play out.”

Sprint Cup Series teams will open practice Friday at 2 p.m. (EDT) at Talladega Superspeedway, qualify at 12:10 p.m. on Saturday and race on Sunday at 1 p.m. Motor Racing Network – “The Voice of NASCAR” – will have complete coverage of the Aaron’s 499 beginning at 12 p.m. on Sunday, with live streaming at MotorRacingNetwork.com.

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