With five races left in the Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup, Kansas native Clint Bowyer finds himself in third place, trailing behind Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson.
Nearly four weeks ago Bowyer placed second to Greg Biffle in a controversial finish at Kansas Speedway's LifeLock 400. This weekend, the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup heads to Martinsville Speedway's Subway 500. With an 11th-place finish in the spring at Martinsville, Bowyer looks to place within the top ten this week.
"I think we can go there (Martinsville) this weekend and do better than we've done in the past," said Bowyer.
Bowyer will have to fight past Chase leader Jeff Gordon, who currently has seven wins at Martinsville Speedway, as well as second-place Jimmie Johnson who has three wins, one including this year's spring race. Not forgetting that fourth-place Tony Stewart is just behind Bowyer. Albeit by 120 points, Stewart has an average fourth place running lap position and a 12th place finishing position at Martinsville, creating a challenge for Bowyer.
"It's very hard to adapt to so many different racetracks. You have to be good at every one of them," said Bowyer. "The guys that win these Championships and win races, you know, basically the Top 10 in points, those guys are good at every track. They don't have bad tracks. And that's been the hardest thing for me is to adapt to these racetracks, continue to get better on the tracks that I'm not particularly fond of and not have bad racetracks."
And don't think that the other drivers in the Chase are ready to give up. Martin Truex, Jr. is currently 11th-place in the Chase and still fighting.
"It has been a little frustrating, but we are looking forward to the last five races," said Martin Truex, Jr. "We are just going to go out there and run as fast as we can, and try to win a few of them. Hopefully we will be able to move up in the points, you know, towards the front."
Other drivers in the top 12 positions in the Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup include Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth.
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