Clint Bowyer returns home, flying high and feeling good.
On Sunday, he scored his best finish of the 2014 season, a third at Talladega.
And on Monday, via Twitter, he announced that he and his wife Lorra were expecting their first child. That same day, Michael Waltrip Racing announced that Bowyer signed a multi-year contract extension.
Now, he head’s to Kanas for a major career milestone.
In Saturday night’s 5-hour ENERGY 400, the Emporia, Kansas native will make his 300th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start. Over the first 299, he has tallied eight wins, 52 top fives and 140 top 10s – and made the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup five times in his eight full-time seasons, including 2012 when he finished second in championship points.
Bowyer will look to become the first driver to win in his 300th start since … Denny Hamlin on Sunday at Talladega. Four others have accomplished the feat: NASCAR Hall of Famers Ned Jarrett and Rusty Wallace, and Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch.
“Every time you see one of these 300 starts or 400 starts … it really doesn’t register until you get back to thinking about how it all began and what it really means,” Bowyer said. “I’m very fortunate to be a part of this sport for 300 races. … Love this sport, love being a part of it, and hopefully we’re a part of it for a long time. All of that coming down to Kansas, my home track, is even that much more special to be able to celebrate my 300th win right here in my own backyard at Kansas Speedway.”