This spring’s Kansas Speedway homecoming has a opposite feel for Clint Bowyer.
He’s never raced during his home track, located reduction than 100 miles from Bowyer’s local Emporia, Kan., though Carl Edwards in a field.
That has altered after Edwards, a Columbia native, stepped divided from a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in January, withdrawal Bowyer alone among a hometown favorites for Saturday’s Go Bowling 400.
“I finally got him,” Bowyer, 37, pronounced with a laugh. “Took caring of that problem. No, though it (stinks). we enjoyed that, and we enjoyed Carl. Carl did such a good pursuit of compelling a competition and was a good code envoy for whoever was on a side of it. He’s missed. We both were Midwestern boys, grew adult chasing this dream kind of together. We’re a same age and all else, so Carl not being here is a small bit of a bummer.”
Bowyer’s career-worst mottled dwindle drought also is a bummer. He hasn’t won a Cup competition given Oct 2012 during Charlotte Motor Speedway, a camber of 159 races, though he’s confident a breakthrough is on a horizon.
During his initial deteriorate with Stewart-Haas Racing, Bowyer owns 4 top-10 finishes in a season’s initial 10 races, including a third-place bid during Auto Club Speedway and a runner-up finish final month during Bristol Motor Speedway.
“Had we got out in front of (race leader Jimmie Johnson on a final restart during Bristol), we would have won a race,” Bowyer said. “We are knocking on a door.”
While Kansas hasn’t been kind to Bowyer, generally lately, a win Saturday would meant a universe to Bowyer.
“If that was to happen, we substantially wouldn’t be in really good figure for Mother’s Day,” Bowyer joked. “We would substantially have to postpone that to Monday. It would be outrageous to win during home and finally sign a understanding after all this time. It would be ultra-special. … All my family and friends and people that helped me get to where we am currently all live here in a area and it would be cold to applaud that with them.”
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Bowyer claimed back-to-back top-10 finishes in 2006 and 2007 during his initial Cup races during Kansas, including a runner-up finish in his second appearance.
Bowyer owns usually 3 top-10 finishes in 15 races given and hasn’t crossed a line improved than 14th given a open competition in 2013, though he’s carrying fun again after an uncompetitive transition deteriorate with HScott Motorsports final season.
“It wasn’t fun,” Bowyer said. “It wasn’t fun for anybody, generally me. It is by us. The good news is a train picked us adult and we jumped on a fun train transparent behind in Daytona. … When we walked out of one building and got into a other one it was a fun time, trust me. It was overnight. we woke adult one morning as a Stewart-Haas employee. That was a good time.”
Now, Bowyer’s building chemistry and communication with a new team, including organisation arch Mike Bugarewicz, and anticipating to supplement to his career transport of 8 Cup wins this season.
“Do we consider we are going to make a playoffs? Yes,” Bowyer said. “I am not observant that arrogantly or to be cocky, we only feel like we are a group that is going to be in that one way, figure or form.”