For a driver who built his career on short- and dirt-track dominance, Clint Bowyer took to road-course racing as if he came up through the sports car ranks.
In 16 road-course starts, Bowyer has a win (at Sonoma), six top fives and nine top 10s. At Sonoma specifically, Bowyer joins Kurt Busch as the only two drivers with three consecutive top-five finishes coming into this race.
It’s a perfect storm for a Bowyer victory. Looking to snap a 56-race win drought, Bowyer also looks to capitalize on his Sonoma success and his recent momentum; he has three consecutive finishes of 11th or better to climb from 20th to 14th in points.
And who knows, a Sonoma win could snowball into a bigger things. It did in 2012. After his Sonoma win, Bowyer won again at Richmond and Charlotte, eventually finishing second in the series championship standings.