Members of the Kansas and Missouri media went back to driver’s education at Kansas Speedway on Monday. But this time, the lessons weren’t in safety and courtesy, rather speed and aggression.
Apparently that’s what happens when you ask a veteran NASCAR driver to teach the class. Emporia (Kan.) native Clint Bowyer, in cooperation with the Richard Petty Driving Experience, offered a few tips for navigating his home track with area journalists.
When questioned about any last minute advice, Bowyer answered, “Turn left at the end of the straightaway and don’t hit the wall.”
After successful completion of classroom activities, which included racing basics and pit road tactics, the broadcasters and writers took to the 1.5-mile tri-oval with ferocity. As they exited the car, some with shaking legs and others with giant smiles, phrases like, “I’ll be smiling the rest of the day,” and “I’d rather pay to do this than go to an amusement park,” seemed to be the consensus.
In all, 14 media members competed with Eric Zornes, a photographer for Kansas City’s Metro Sports, bested the group with a blistering average speed of 136.48 mph, only about 38 mph slower than Kasey Kahne’s 2010 pole speed.
Bowyer, who has never won at Kansas Speedway, announced that in addition to driving the Richard Childress owned No. 33 in the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway event on June 5th, he will also compete in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on June 4 for Kevin Harvick Incorporated.
When asked about a victory celebration should he win in his old stomping grounds, Bowyer stated, “To get a win here, I’ll do whatever you want me to do. I would probably sit in victory lane and take it in.”
Kansas Speedway’s first of two Sprint Cup Series race weekends is quickly approaching and only time will tell if Bowyer can follow his own advice a grab a win in front of the hometown crowd.
The second weekend will feature the Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Saturday, October 8 and the Sprint Cup Series returns on October 9 for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.
Tickets for all Kansas Speedway events are on sale and may be purchased by visiting www.kansasspeedway.com or by calling 866.460.RACE (7223). Parking is always free and guests may bring a 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler into the grandstands filled with their favorite food and beverages.