Bowyer comments on best
start of season, goals for Sunday
Clint Bowyer drives down pit road during a qualifying session at Pocono Raceway Friday.
Photo by Dante Ricci/The Racing Experts
By Dominic Aragon Editor June 5, 2016 firstname.lastname@example.org
LONG POND, Pa.—Clint Bowyer posted his highest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starting position of 2016 after qualifying 23rd for Sunday’s Axalta ‘We Paint Winners’ 400 at Pocono Raceway. Bowyer’s efforts Friday marked the first time the driver advanced past round one of qualifying this season. Additionally, his starting spot is his best in the last 16 Sprint Cup Series races, dating back to November 2016.
“Yeah, we’re getting a little better,” he said to The Racing Experts. “Truth be told, more practice those bigger teams get, the more help they get and the better they are against you, especially these smaller teams that just don’t have the manpower and the funding that those big teams have, the engineering, and everything that goes with that dollar. It makes it hard.
“But on days like [Friday], when it’s rainy and you don’t get a lot of practice time, those guys don’t get those hours to collect all that data and put it to good use on you. You can stack up pretty decent.”
Bowyer scored the 20th fastest lap time of the 28 cars that turned at least one lap in Friday’s only Sprint Cup Series practice. Additionally, he finished round one of qualifying 19th later in the day.
After turning three laps Saturday in final practice, Bowyer placed 25th.
Bowyer also talked about his goals for Sunday’s race with The Racing Experts.
“Same thing everybody has, that’s the tough part,” he said. “You’re here to win. You’ve come a long ways up here to come for any other reason. “We’ve just got to keep marching forward and keep getting a little better each and every week.”
Photo by Jeremy Thompson/The Racing Experts
Bowyer sits 25th overall in driver’s standings entering Sunday’s race, 80 points away from the Chase cutoff.