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Sport Clint Bowyer wanted Martinsville-winning car for Bristol

02:15  12 april  2018
02:15  12 april  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Clint Bowyer Racing fields the #14 for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup & two late model dirt cars in the Clint Bowyer came to Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) in 2017 and took over one of the most coveted rides in the Monster A breakthrough win March 26 at Martinsville (Va.)

Bowyer ’s victory in the Martinsville 500 marked the 47th overall win for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). It was the organization’s 43rd points-paying Monster This was the second time in five races that all four SHR cars finished in the top-14. This was Bowyer ’s first Cup Series victory since joining SHR in 2017

Clint Bowyer, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Haas Automation Demo Day, celebrates after winning© John Harrelson / NKP / LAT Images Clint Bowyer, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Haas Automation Demo Day, celebrates after winning

Clint Bowyer asked his Stewart-Haas Racing team if he could drive his Martinsville race-winning car in this weekend's NASCAR Cup series race at Bristol.

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Bowyer ended his streak of 190 races without a win with victory at Martinsville last month and said it answered questions over whether he would ever win again in the Cup series.

It was the 38-year-old’s first win with SHR in his second year with the team and he followed up with ninth in Texas.

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Bowyer climbed from the car on the Martinsville (Va.) Speedway front stretch and looked to his left to see his wife Lorra and daughter Presley led by then Bowyer arrives at Martinsville after the Cup Series’ three-race West Coast swing. He finished 38th last weekend at Auto Club Speedway Fontana

“It was disappointing,” Bowyer said. “You get a car that good and you get that close, you hate to not come home with it. But, all in all, for as terrible as Bowyer would like another chance when he races Sunday in the Food City 500 at Bristol , where his No 14 will carry the black-and-red paint scheme of

This weekend’s race in Bristol is the first since Martinsville to be less than a mile in length each lap, and Bowyer says he will need a car with similar characteristics to win again.

“At Bristol you have to have the total package, a lot like I did in Martinsville,” Bowyer said. “I asked [crew chief] Mike Bugarewicz if there was any way we could bring the Martinsville car to Bristol.

“He said no because I tore it up too much and they had to cut the body off of it. But, I’m not worried. We’ll have another hot rod at Bristol.”

Bowyer was second at Bristol last year, having never won at the circuit, and says good handling is key to a similar result.

“There is no way to describe 500 laps at Bristol,” he said. “If your car is handling well, it’s manageable.

“If it’s loose and you are mid-pack, and there is someone in front of you who is erratic, you are tense and not breathing.

“You haven’t made it 10 laps and you are out of breath. You think ‘there’s no way in hell I’m going to make it these 500 laps'. Next thing you know, it’s lap 450 and you’re wishing it was 600 laps.”

SHR has won four of the seven Cup races in 2018, and Bowyer says that helps his confidence.

“They are bringing some fast hot rods to the track each weekend and it’s a pleasure to drive,” he said. “I know when we unload at Bristol on Friday, we will be fast. That’s a great feeling for a driver.”

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