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Lenox Industrial Tools 300 - Clint Bowyer Notes

Clint Bowyer
No. 07 Camping World Chevrolet Impala SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet

Event/Date: LENOX Industrial Tools 300 – July 1, 2007
Venue: New Hampshire International Speedway – Loudon, N.H.

  • This Week’s Camping World Chevrolet at New Hampshire International Speedway … Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis No. 192 from the Richard Childress Racing (RCR) stable. Built new for 2007, this is the same car Bowyer raced at Bristol (St. 18, Fn. 8), Martinsville (St. 21, Fn. 11) Phoenix (St. 12, Fn. 22), Darlington (St. 1, Fn. 9) and Dover (St. 15, Fn. 8). A New Look for the 07 … Bowyer’s No. 07 Chevy will sport a blue and gold Camping World paint scheme for this weekend’s LENOX Industrial Tools 300. Camping World will also sponsor Bowyer’s No. 2 Chevrolet in Saturday’s Camping World 200 presented by Rvs.com NASCAR Busch Series race. Jack Daniel’s, the team’s standard primary sponsor, will be featured on the car’s deck lid and lower-rear quarter panels.
  • Bowyer in the Loop …
  • A Steady Progression … Over the season’s first 16 races, Bowyer has earned one pole, one top-five and eight top-10 finishes. He has a 15.6 starting average and a 15.2 finishing average. The 28-year-old driver has completed 4,760 of 4,869 total laps contested (97.76 percent) and sits ninth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series championship point standings. Over the first 16 races last season, Bowyer had a 23.1 average start and an 18.9 average finish. He was 16th in points heading into New Hampshire’s first race last season.
  • Speaking of Stats … Bowyer is ranked 14th in NASCAR’s Average Running Position category (16.325) and is currently the sport’s second best Closer – a statistic derived from the number of positions improved over the last 10 percent of each race. Bowyer has gained an average of 2.688 spots over the season’s first 14 races and has improved a total of 43 positions over the closing 10 percent of those same races. The Emporia, Kan., native has also logged 2,718 of the 4,869 laps completed this season (55.8 percent) in the top 15. He is 15th in the Driver Rating category (82.6). The Driver Rating is a formula that combines the following categories: wins, top-15 finishes, average running position while on the lead lap, average speed under green, fastest lap, most laps led and lead-lap finishes. The maximum a driver can earn in each race is 150 points. The Driver Rating number is used pre-race as a prediction tool and post-race as a performance evaluator.
  • RCR at NHIS … Richard Childress is tied for fourth all-time with Joe Gibbs and Robert Yates for car owner victories at New Hampshire International Speedway with two – Robby Gordon (2001) and Kevin Harvick (2006). In 54 starts at the one-mile oval, Childress boasts one pole, nine top-five and 22 top-10 finishes with seven different drivers including Dale Earnhardt, Mike Skinner, Harvick, Gordon, Jeff Green, Steve Park, and Jeff Burton.
  • Testing One, Two, Three, Testing … All three of RCR’s NEXTEL Cup teams are testing at The Milwaukee Mile on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Bowyer, along with teammates Jeff Burton and Kevin Harvick, will log laps at the flat, one-mile West Allis, Wis., oval as they prepare for this weekend’s LENOX Industrial Tools 300.
  • More McCreadie … RCR development driver Tim McCreadie will make his NASCAR Busch East debut this weekend at NHIS behind the wheel of the No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet. Last weekend, “T-Mac” made his first NASCAR Busch Series start for RCR at The Milwaukee Mile where he started 24th and finished 28th after he was collected in an incident of another driver’s making. Prior to last weekend, McCreadie, 33, of Watertown, N.Y. had only three career asphalt starts to his credit and finished fourth in his ARCA Series debut two weeks ago at Michigan International Speedway. Before that, McCreadie finished 11th in his NASCAR West Series debut in April at Phoenix International Raceway and followed that up with a 10th-place run on May 20 at Iowa Speedway. McCreadie is the 2006 Chili Bowl Midget Nationals winner and the defending World of Outlaws Late Model Series Champion.
  • Double Down at the Magic Mile … In addition to his duties behind the wheel of the No. 07 Camping World Chevy, Bowyer will also race the No. 2 Camping World Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS in Saturday’s NASCAR Busch Series race. The Camping World 200 presented by RVs.com will be televised live on ABC Saturday, June 30 beginning at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and broadcast on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius Satellite Radio. Qualifying for the 18th race on the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series schedule will be televised live on SPEED the same day beginning at 10 a.m. EDT.
  • Up to Speed … The LENOX Industrial Tools 300 from New Hampshire International Speedway will take the green flag Sunday, July 1 at 2:30 p.m. EDT. The race will be televised live on TNT beginning at 1 p.m. EDT and broadcast from coast-to-coast on MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio. Qualifying will be televised live on SPEED Friday, June 29th at 2:30 p.m. EDT.

    New Hampshire didn’t do a whole lot for you last year on the Cup side.
    “We ran decent but we just didn’t get the finish we were looking for but that wasn’t all that uncommon for us last year. We were running in the top 15 with a couple laps to go and got together with another car and that pretty much killed our day. That was kind of our story last year. We’d run good and finish bad. Thankfully, we’ve been able to turn that around this year so I’m looking forward to going to New Hampshire this weekend. It’s a track where we should run well.”

    Do you feel like the track is a little racier now than it was a couple years ago?
    “I like racing at New Hampshire. It’s definitely a racy race track. If your car is working good, you can get down on the bottom and move around if you need to. You can run in the middle and on the top if that’s where you can make your car work. One thing that can be frustrating at New Hampshire is that if you give up the bottom, it’s really hard to get back by someone. The banking almost falls off on the bottom. You can get under someone but you have to keep working them and keep working them. If you stay in there long enough you’ll get ‘em but it takes a while sometimes.”

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