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Bowyer Will Look to Shake Richmond Past and Score Playoff Berth

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Some drivers have tracks that they remember for good reasons, while others have memories to forget. For Clint Bowyer, Richmond Raceway has both.

There is no way to leave behind what has happened at the 3/4-miler in 2013.

NASCAR determined that Bowyer — then driving for Michael Waltrip Racing — purposely spun, late in the race, to bring out the caution and allow teammate Martin Truex Jr. to make the playoffs. The severity of the penalties, combined with fallout from the loss of sponsorship, essentially led to the demise of the team.

Prior to 2015, though, the track had provided good moments for Bowyer, including a victory in 2012. 

Going into Saturday night, the No. 14 driver needs to rekindle those memories as he has yet to lock himself into the playoffs. Currently sitting 119 points behind Jamie McMurray for the 16th spot on the grid, the only hope to advance is a victory. Two of Bowyer’s best finishes were at short tracks, including a runner-up spot at Bristol in April.

Bowyer started the year well, scoring 11 straight top-15’s. However, his finishes dropped through the summer, seeing him fall through the standings.

Since the Chase points system was implemented in 2004, no driver has scored a victory in Richmond in September to transfer into the playoffs. 

Clint Bowyer and the Stewart-Haas team will be looking to change that.


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Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.