Clint Bowyer has had a strong run in the No. 14 Ford Fusion ever since he joined Stewart Haas Racing at the beginning of this season. With four top-five finishes, including three second-place finishes and seven top-10 finishes, Bowyer currently sits 15th in the playoff standings. As the clock ticks on the opportunity to win and lock in a playoff spot, more spots are being taken by winners and less drivers are going to make it on points come Richmond.
“There will be drivers who don’t have anything to lose,” Bowyer said. “They can’t make it in on points so they have to win. They’ll be willing to take more gambles. They aren’t going to wreck people and take chances that way. They’ll take chances on something like fuel mileage.”
Bowyer earned his first career victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway back in 2007 with Richard Childress Racing. That isn’t his only New Hampshire win, though. Bowyer won again at the track just three years later with RCR. He has 22 starts at the Magic Mile with an average finish of 17th.
“Those wins allow you to go into this race with more confidence than you would at a track where you haven’t won,” Bowyer said. “I feel like we can win again at New Hampshire this weekend. We really want to win, but we also want to make sure we don’t do anything that will knock us out of the points.”
Bowyer looks to this weekend as an opportunity to snap a long winless streak dating back to Charlotte in 2012, 167 races races ago.