CORNELIUS, N. C. – There’s a lot on the line Sunday for No. 15 5-hour ENERGY driver Clint Bowyer when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races 301-laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. 

Bowyer is 16th - the final playoff spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings- with just eight races remaining before the end of the regular season.  A good run could add to his lead over 17th place while a victory at the “Magic Mile” would likely propel him into the Chase. 

If past performance is indicative of future success then there’s plenty of reason for optimism in the No. 15 Toyota camp. Bowyer owns victories in the 2007 and 2010 fall races at NHMS  plus he’s posted seven top-10s in 18 races.

Along with raising the traditional winner’s trophy, Bowyer would love to once again raise the live rock lobster the track presents to the winner in victory lane. 

Adding to the incentives is this week’s announcement that Bowyer’s primary sponsor 5-hour ENERGY will serve as the race’s title sponsor for the 5-hour ENERGY 301.

 

Bowyer on New Hampshire: “Man, everything is lining up for us. New Hampshire has been a track where we’ve been to victory lane before, 5-hour ENERGY has stepped up and become the title sponsor of the race, the track its celebrating its 25th race weekend anniversary, there’s so many things  aligning. Sure we have a lot on the line this weekend, but everyone does at this point in the season. It’s pretty simple for us really. Go out and win or go out and get good finishes and all the points and Chase stuff will be fine. I’d love for the track to give me another big old lobster.”

  

 What does it take to get around New Hampshire?

“New Hampshire can be a tricky little race track. You’ve got to be able to roll the middle faster than the next guy and you’ve got to be able to put that throttle down. It may sound simple but those two things together are actually pretty difficult. You get the thing to where it will really roll the middle good and it’s pretty free and now you’re too loose up off. You get the thing tightened up in the center and now you can’t get off the corner right to pass anybody. It can be a tough thing to juggle.”

 

NO. 15 CREW ROSTER

Billy Scott

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

Joe Bisson

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

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE STATS

 

· One win (July 2010)

· Five top-five and seven top-10 finishes in nine starts

· Completed 997 of 997 laps (100%) and led 78 laps

· Average start 16.7 and average finish 9.2

· No DNFs (Did Not Finish)

 
   

 

 

Race

St

Fin

Laps

Status

Led

2006-19

31

27

307/308

running

23

2006-27

18

24

299/300

running

0

2007-17

20

37

293/300

running

0

2007-27

1

1

300/300

running

222

2008-17

18

22

284/284

running

0

2008-27

5

12

300/300

running

0

2009-17

16

20

273/273

running

0

2009-27

17

10

300/300

running

0

2010-17

9

7

301/301

running

0

2010-27

2

1

300/300

running

177

2011-19

12

17

301/301

running

3

2011-28

11

26

298/300

out of fuel

49

2012-19

5

3

301/301

running

1

2012-28

12

4

300/300

running

0

2013-19

20

13

302/302

running

0

2013-28

16

17

300/300

running

5

2014-19

8

6

305/305

running

36

2014-28

14

14

303/303

running

0

 

 

CHASE ELIGIBLE

1 – Jimmie Johnson (4 wins) … 624 points

2 – Kevin Harvick (2 wins) … 692 points

3 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2 wins) … 616 points

4 – Kurt Busch (2 wins) … 542 points

5 – Joey Logano (1 win) … 624 points

6 – Martin Truex Jr. (1 win) … 596 points

7 –Brad Keselowski (1 win) … 559 points

8 – Matt Kenseth (1 win) … 540 points

9 – Denny Hamlin (1 win) … 522 points

10 – Carl Edwards (1 wins) … 449 points

11 – Jamie McMurray (0 wins) … 556 points

12 – Jeff Gordon (0 wins) … 537 points

13 – Kasey Kahne (0 wins) … 513 points

14 – Paul Menard (0 wins) … 509 points

15 – Ryan Newman (0 wins) 497 points

16 – Clint Bowyer (0 wins) … 490 points

 

DRIVERS OUTSIDE THE CHASE

17 – Aric Almirola (0 wins) …17 points behind 16th

18 – Greg Biffle (0 wins) … 70 points behind 16th

19 – Kyle Larson (0 wins) … 86 points behind 16th

20 – Casey Mears (0 wins) 91 points behind 16th

WINNERS NOT IN TOP 30 IN POINTS

37 – Kyle Busch (2 win) … 87 points behind 30th


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