It’s hard to fly under the radar at a race track, or a track type, at which you have won. But that’s exactly what Clint Bowyer has done at road courses.
Known more for his short-track prowess, Bowyer has strung together a brilliant list of finishes at both Sonoma and Watkins Glen over the last two seasons.
Only one driver has scored top-five finishes in each of the last three road course races. It’s not Tony Stewart. It’s not Jeff Gordon. Nor is it Marcos Ambrose or Juan Pablo Montoya.
Only Bowyer has accomplished that feat, winning last year’s Sonoma race, finishing fourth at Watkins Glen last August, and fifth in June at Sonoma.
Only two other drivers have multiple top fives at the two road courses since 2012 – and oddly enough, they’re also not the usually popular picks at road courses (Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch).
Though practically a lock to make the top 10 once the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup starts, Bowyer needs wins – and the vital bonus points that go along with making the top 10.
Once the Chase field is set, each Chase driver’s points will be reset to 2,000, with three additional bonus points added to the top 10 drivers for each win tallied during the first 26 races. Right now, Bowyer is one of three winless drivers in the top 10, along with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon.