CORNELIUS, N.C. —  The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series travels to Martinsville Speedway this weekend. The circuit’s shortest track is notorious for its race-time drama with real estate at a premium with 43 cars jammed into the 0.526-mile oval.

 

Success is all about finding the space to race and Bowyer has done just that on the Virginia track. He has posted top-10 finishes in more than half of his 18 starts including the Spring race last year, leading three times in the 500-lap event on his way to a ninth-place finish. He followed that up with another top-10 finish in the Fall.

 

He’ll be looking for some more of that prime real estate this weekend and would love nothing more than to park his No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota Camry in the “primest” of all real estate in NASCAR—victory lane.

 

 

TAKE A FEW LAPS WITH BOWYER AROUND MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY IN THE TOYOTA CAMRY PACE CAR

Martinsville Laps

  

What are the keys to getting around Martinsville?

“We show up and practice at Martinsville and then all of a sudden the race brings a completely different animal you haven’t fought all weekend long. All the while you are going through practice, you have to be thinking, alright I’ve got to be able to get into this corner, have stability getting in, make sure I’m not too free getting in during practice because that problem’s only going to get worse going through the race. The other problem is forward bite, if you can’t get off the corner, if you are border line struggling in practice, you’ve got to figure out how to get some more during practice because that will definitely be worse during the race as well. So keeping in the back of your mind what you need for the race is something we go through each and every weekend but it’s amplified 10 times as much when we go to a short track like Martinsville.”

 

CHASSIS

Chassis No. 806 serves as Bowyer’s primary chassis at Martinsville. Bowyer raced the chassis to top-10 finishes in both Martinsville races in 2014. He finished ninth in March and seventh in October. This weekend’s back-up chassis also served as the back-up at both Martinsville races in 2014.

 

NO. 15 CREW ROSTER

 Brian Pattie

Crew Chief

Terry Spalding

Front Tire Changer

Allen Steele

Front Tire Carrier

Lee Cunningham

Rear Tire Changer

P.J. Briody

Rear Tire Carrier

Brian Chase

Jack Man

Evan Marchal

Gas Man

J.D. Frey

Car Chief

Brett Griffin

Spotter

Dax Gerringer

Race Engineer

Tim O'Brien

Race Engineer

Billy Curwood

Race Engineer

Adam Cooke

Shock Specialist

Travis Stock

Rear Mechanic

Chris Sherwood

Front Mechanic

Kyle Anderson

Interior Mechanic

James Davis

Tire Specialist

Gregg Huls

Engine Tuner

Ray Erwin

Truck Driver

Jeff Shano

Truck Driver

 

 

 

 

MARTINSVILLE STATS

· Four top-five and 12 top-10 finishes in 18 starts

· Completed 8,889 of 9,034 laps (98.4%) and led 356 laps

· One DNF (did not finish) - October 2010

· Average start 15.2 and average finish 12.1

 

Race

Start

Finish

Laps

Status

Led

2006-06

42

22

496/500

running

0

2006-32

37

23

500/500

running

0

2007-06

21

11

500/500

running

0

2007-32

21

9

506/506

running

0

2008-06

12

10

500/500

running

0

2008-32

5

9

504/504

running

0

2009-06

3

5

500/500

running

0

2009-32

19

19

501/501

running

0

2010-06

12

7

508/508

running

0

2010-32

17

38

359/500

rear gear

0

2011-06

15

9

500/500

running

91

2011-33

13

19

500/500

running

0

2012-06

4

10

515/515

running

2

2012-33

8

5

500/500

running

154

2013-06

15

2

500/500

running

0

2013-33

5

3

500/500

running

60

2014-06

12

9

500/500

running

16

2014-33

12

7

500/500

running

33


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