Last weekend’s 38th-place finish at Atlanta (broken shifter, transmission) has left Clint Bowyer with one last chance to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup: Winning Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup regular season finale at Richmond International Raceway.
Bowyer can still make the Chase on points alone. But at 23 points behind 16th-place Greg Biffle on the Chase Grid, he pretty much has to go for the victory from sixth on the grid in the Federated Auto Parts 400.
Luckily for Bowyer, Richmond has been a happy hunting ground for him. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver has won a pair of Sprint Cup races there.
“If I could ever pick a track that I had to go to that I had to try to fight my way into this Chase, it’s this one,” Bowyer said today to reporters at RIR. “This is one of my best tracks. I love this place and love racing here and competing here.
“Hopefully, she’ll be good to me one more time.”
One year after the race manipulation scandal at Richmond that involved him and MWR, Bowyer will be in the spotlight again. But he’s in no mood to revisit the event and the impact that it had on him.
He has other things to worry about.
“…Why you [in the media] choose to be hung up on things that happened a year ago is beyond me,” he said. “I’m here out of desperation to try to race my way in.”
NASCAR AMERICA’s Leigh Diffey and Kyle Petty talked about Bowyer’s chances at Richmond in today’s show. You can hear their thoughts in the clip above.