Speedway Digest…. Clint Bowyer Restrictor Plate Racing Isn’t Chess

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Clint Bowyer Restrictor Plate Racing Isn’t Chess

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tackles the high banks of Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway Sunday for what is normally one of the sport’s most exciting races of the season. By now, everyone knows Talladega racing often leads to nearly 40 cars racing four-abreast, 10 rows deep at 200 mph for more than three hours.

Talladega is about crashes and near crashes with short tempers among stressed-out drivers. Tune in to the radio or television broadcast of the race and the commentators are sure to call the action a “high-speed game of chess.”

But Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Haas Automation Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), isn’t buying that cliché.

“Chess is sitting there, bored out of your mind, thinking of all the other things that you would rather be doing,” Bowyer said. “There’s a guy across from you, you’re trying to figure out if he’s actually into it or doing the same thing, bored out of his mind, thinking about all the things he would rather be doing.”

Bowyer said NASCAR restrictor-plate racing is so much more than any cerebral pursuit.

“You’re literally freaking out, making knee-jerk-reaction decisions the whole race,” he said. “You’re reacting to things that you don’t even remember. You’ll get out of the car at the end of the race, and somebody’ll be like, ‘Man, that was an awesome move that won you the race!’ And you’re like, ‘What the hell are you talking about?’ There were at least 4,000 instances of what won that race or didn’t win that race.”

Don’t let Bowyer kid you; he knows what he is doing on restrictor-plate tracks, especially at Talladega, where he’s won twice and posted six top-five finishes in his 22 career starts at the 2.66-mile track. Bowyer has scored the most points of any driver in the last 10 Talladega races but, even after successful days like he has enjoyed there, he says he’s mentally and physically weary after each race from all the exertion.

“There’s so much going on inside the car, whether you’re listening to the spotter, or you’re looking at – as you’re listening to him, you’re following along to – that story in the mirror, right?” he said. “You’re living it through the windshield. I mean, there are so many things that are going on, you just – you flat out – don’t take it all in. I mean, your brain is registering so many things that, at the end of the race, you don’t even remember half of it.”

Bowyer rides a wave of success to Talladega with top-15 finishes in all nine of the 2017 races except for the season-opening Daytona 500, where a midrace accident ended his day. He’s earned two top-five finishes and four top-10s this season. The No. 14 team led by crew chief Mike Bugarewicz has climbed to ninth in the standings.

“Everybody is working really hard and we are just having fun,” Bowyer said. “SHR is a fun organization and Ford is a fun manufacturer to work with. We still haven’t put everything together and been the best we can be, but Sunday will be our 10th race working together and we expect things will continue to improve.”

Bowyer’s racing fortunes have improved since arriving at SHR this season to replace three-time champion Tony Stewart, who retired from NASCAR competition. Bowyer would like to go down in the history books as the first driver to bring SHR a Talladega victory. The organization’s 37 victories in 864 Cup Series races since its 2009 inception have come at every track except Talladega and Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.

Whether or not Bowyer makes history for SHR Sunday afternoon in the normally unpredictable Talladega race, it will be more entertaining than, say, a game of chess.

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NCWTS: Ryan Blaney Captures UNOH 200 Presented by ZLOOP Victory at Bristol

Ryan Blaney stole the show on Wednesday night at the Bristol Motor Speedway in the UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP. Blaney started the night in the runner-up spot behind the wheel of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford.

After staying in the runner-up position, Blaney was popped for jumping the restart after the caution on lap 31 that forced the team to serve a pass through penalty under green. Caution would fly on lap 78 that would allow Blaney to get the free pass. Blaney got back on the lead lap and worked his way to the front.

A caution would fly once again on lap 195 that sent the race into over-time. This would bunch the field up once again and allow Blaney to make the pass around leader Matt Crafton. Crafton would lose seven positions after spinning his tires on the restart.

Pole sitter Kyle Busch will leave the Bristol Motor Speedway with the runner-up spot. Busch came into the weekend making his third start of the season in the series for his own racing team. The Las Vegas native will walk away with his third top 10 finish in three starts.

John Hunter Nemechek will walk away with his second top five finish of the season in his No. 8 Chevrolet. Nemechek had a smooth night as he started in the seventh position. The finish will give him his best so far in 2015.

Tyler Reddick continues to lead the series standings by six points over Matt Crafton. Erik Jones will leave the Bristol Motor Speedway sitting in third after a sixth-place finish. Johnny Sauter and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

The NASCAR Camping World Series will head to Canada for some road course racing. Coverage will begin next Sunday on FOX Sports 1 at 1:30 p.m. ET. The Motor Racing Network will carry the live radio broadcast.


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