Bowyer Seeks Prelude Three-Peat
By: Jeff Wackerlin - @JWackerlin Twitter and Instagram | MRN.com on June 6, 2012 | 1:35 P.M. EST
Clint Bowyer's Georgia Boot car is unloaded off the hauler in the pits at Eldora Speedway. (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)
ROSSBURG, Ohio - Whether he's listed as the owner or the driver, Clint Bowyer will be shooting for a three-peat in the Prelude to the Dream on Wednesday night at Eldora Speedway.
Bowyer, who is the defending race winner, will once again field a car for five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson in the charity race organized by Tony Stewart that will benefit Feed The Children.
After posting a fifth-place finish in the Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway this past Sunday, Bowyer has been hard at work with his team not only preparing his No. 15 Georgia Boot Late Model, but cars for Jonathan Davenport and Jared Landers that will race in the Dream on Friday and Saturday.
“I have been out at my dirt shop all week trying to get my Georgia Boot car ready for the Prelude, my dirt car teams got back super late last night (Monday), and I was trying to help them get their cars clean and repaired," Bowyer said. “We all work hard and take the Prelude very seriously - it’s important to our team and our sponsors that we go out and perform at the highest level.”
Yesterday it was announced that Georgia Boot, who is the sponsor of Davenport's No. 15 Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series car, will be an associate sponsor on Bowyer's No. 15 Sprint Cup Series Toyota at Michael Waltrip Racing.
Along with the rest of the Sprint Cup competitors entered in the Prelude, the busy week for Bowyer will continue with a pair of testing sessions at the newly repaved Pocono Raceway on Wednesday and Thursday.
"We have a two-day test at Pocono split by the Prelude and then our normal Sprint Cup race weekend," Bowyer said. "Lots to get done and no rest in sight.”
Johnson, who will race in his fifth Prelude, comes into this week on a hot streak in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series after posting wins at Darlington Raceway, the All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and last weekend's event at Dover. After finishing 18th in last year's Prelude, Johnson wants to put together a repeat performance of his 2010 win when he led all 30 laps and held off Bowyer by .638 seconds at the checkered flag.
“I’m excited for Eldora," said Johnson, who will have sponsorship from his video game Anything with an Engine on his Late Model. "I won that race a couple of years ago. I hope to go back and do that again.”
This year's Prelude will be extended 10 laps to 40 and will feature double-file restarts.
“It will give you some more time to get through the field if you have a bad qualifying effort, which was my case last year," said Johnson, who started 28th in the Feature. "I didn’t qualify all that well. But we don’t want it (the race) to end, unless you’re the leader. We all enjoy coming out and participating in this event. We love driving these cars. We all love Eldora. And we all kind of like Tony (Stewart), too (laughs). So it’s a great event. We want to be a part of it. And the more, laps the better.”
Be sure to check back with MotorRacingNetwork.com later today for updates and photos from Eldora Speedway. The race can be seen on HBO Pay-per-View with net proceeds supporting Feed The Children.