CORNELIUS, N.C. —   The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series resumes normal, albeit longer, activities this Memorial Day weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Following a weekend where $1 million but no points were on the line, racing at the 1.5-mile track culminates  with the “greatest day in motorsports” on Sunday.

 

 

The day kicks off in Monaco with the running of the Formula 1 race, followed by the Indianapolis 500 and ends with the Sprint Cup Series’ longest race of the year, the Coca-Cola 600.

 

Clint Bowyer, driving his No. 15 Cherry 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, hopes to be the final driver celebrating in victory lane later that day. And after a winning performance last weekend in the Sprint Showdown and a strong showing in the All-Star Race, finishing seventh after an on-track incident stymied his chances at a win, Bowyer has reason to be optimistic.

 

The Michael Waltrip Racing driver won at the 1.5-mile superspeedway in October 2012. He also has earned two top-five and five top-10 finishes in 16 starts. Even more impressive, Bowyer has been running at the end of every one of those 16 races, quite an accomplishment considering the 600-mile race is notoriously tough on equipment.

 

This Memorial Day weekend Bowyer’s equipment also will show support for some of the men and women who serve our country. During the Kansas Speedway events, Bowyer’s primary sponsor, 5-hour ENERGY, announced that now through July 31, 2014, the company will donate five cents from the sale of every specially marked bottle of cherry flavored 5-hour ENERGY® to Special Operations Warrior Foundation. SOWF is a nonprofit organization that supports the military's special operations forces and their families through college scholarships, family services, and financial stipends.

 

So while our country honors and remembers those who served our nation this weekend, Bowyer looks to do his part by making the end of the “greatest day in motorsports” one  to remember.

 

 CHASSIS

 

Chassis No. 813 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It’s a new chassis for the 2014 season and finished 13th at Phoenix earlier this year. Chassis No. 800 serves as the back-up chassis.  This chassis has never seen action on the race track but has served as the back-up for several races this season, most recently Kansas.

 

NO. 15 CREW ROSTER

 Brian Pattie

Crew Chief

Brandon Hopkins

Front Tire Changer

Richard Coleman

Front Tire Carrier

Lee Cunningham

Rear Tire Changer

PJ Briody

Rear Tire Carrier

Brian Chase

Jack Man

Evan Marchal

Gas Man

Billy Curwood

Car Chief

Chris Sherwood

Interior Mechanic

Brett Griffin

Spotter

Dax Gerringer

Race Engineer

Tim O'Brien

2nd Engineer

Adam Cooke

Shock Specialist

J.D. Frey

Front Mechanic

Travis Stock

Rear Mechanic

Andrew Beason

Tire Specialist

Gregg Huls

Engine Tuner

Chris Valverde

Engine Engineer

Ray Erwin

Truck Driver

Jeff Shano

2nd Truck Driver

 

CHARLOTTE STATS

· One win (October 2012)

· Two top-fives and five top-10 finishes in 16 starts

· Completed 5,658 of 5,704 laps (99.2%) of competition and has led 116 laps

· Average start 15.9 and average finish 15.5

· No DNFs (did not finish)

 

Race

Site

Start

Finish

Laps

Status

Led

2006-12

Charlotte

15

19

399/400

running

0

2006-31

Charlotte

8

23

329/334

running

3

2007-12

Charlotte

41

29

367/400

running

0

2007-31

Charlotte

25

2

337/337

running

79

2008-12

Charlotte

39

25

398/400

running

0

2008-31

Charlotte

5

12

334/334

running

0

2009-12

Charlotte

24

36

226/227

running

0

2009-31

Charlotte

11

6

334/334

running

0

2010-13

Charlotte

10

7

400/400

running

3

2010-31

Charlotte

20

17

334/334

running

1

2011-12

Charlotte

10

15

402/402

running

0

2011-31

Charlotte

19

24

332/334

running

0

2012-12

Charlotte

5

13

398/400

running

0

2012-31

Charlotte

4

1

334/334

running

29

2013-12

Charlotte

5

8

400/400

running

0

2013-31

Charlotte

14

11

334/334

running

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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