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Team: Michael Waltrip Racing-15
Age / DOB:  (35) / 5/30/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'0 / 175

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Clint Bowyer has struggled most of the year on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. In six starts during the regular season, he has only one top-10 and two top-20s on them.
Bowyer’s single top-10 on this track type came in the Duck Commander 500 at Texas. With the predominance of unrestricted, intermediate speedways on the schedule, drivers have difficulty amassing points when they struggle there. Sep 10 - 3:04 PM

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Clint Bowyer did almost everything he needed to Saturday night in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond. He ran second to Brad Keselowski for a while, spent about 375 laps in the top five, and finished third—but came up just shy of earning enough points to overtake Greg Biffle for the final spot in the Chase for the Championship.

Bowyer was disappointed, but remarked after the race that this team was not quite strong enough to contend for a championship. Missing the Chase gives them a chance to concentrate on basics and improve their program without the added stress of being in NASCAR’s version of the playoffs.
Sep 6 - 11:50 PM

Clint Bowyer will drive chassis No. 798 at Richmond in the Federated Auto Parts 400. It was last raced at New Hampshire, where is finished sixth.

This chassis has also been raced at Phoenix to a 13th-place finish, Auto Club (16th), and Richmond. Bowyer finished only 43rd in the Toyota Owners 400, but that was caused by damage from a blown tire.
Sep 6 - 10:24 AM

After his involvement in "spin-gate" last fall and a tire failure this spring, Clint Bowyer looks to regain this momentum at Richmond.

Bowyer’s two most recent races prior to last fall ended in a victory in the 2012 Federated Auto Parts 400 and a second the following spring, so there is reason to be hopeful. He could make the Chase based on points, but a more certain path to the playoffs would be a victory on Saturday night.
Sep 4 - 10:09 PM

Clint Bowyer once earned four sixth-place finishes at Atlanta in five races from 2007 through 2009. In the six races since then, he has only one more top-20, which was a seventh in fall 2010.

That drops Bowyer’s most recent six-race average to 26.8 on this track and calls into question his usefulness as a fantasy pick. Until practice and qualification, the driver of the No. 15 is simply one to watch.
Aug 28 - 6:43 PM

Clint Bowyer finished 17th in the Irwin Tools Night Race and is clinging to one of the final Chase berths. He sits 31 points ahead of the cutoff, but lost five points to Kyle Larson this week.

Bowyer can afford to play a little defense in the coming weeks, which will make him a more predictable value than if he needed to swing for the fences and gamble on winning at Atlanta or Richmond.
Aug 24 - 6:42 PM

Clint Bowyer has an active streak of five consecutive top-15s at Bristol that includes top-five finishes in spring 2012 and 2013.

Bowyer’s last two results have been in the top 15, however, which suggests the tide may be turning. He is a solid mid-cap pick, but will not anchor many rosters.
Aug 21 - 12:17 PM

Clint Bowyer recorded only the 16th-best average running position (15.210) on Sunday in the Pure Michigan 400, but he climbed into the top 10 during the next-to-last caution period. He held on to finish sixth.

Bowyer ran outside the top 10 for most of the day, posting only about 35 laps inside that mark, but he timed his final pit stop correctly and finished well. In NASCAR it is often important to be both lucky and fast.
Aug 17 - 6:09 PM

Clint Bowyer enters the weekend with a seven-race, top-10 streak at Michigan International Speedway dating back to the spring 2011 Heluva Good! Dips 400.

Fantasy players look for that type of consistency when selecting drivers and Bowyer has to be considered a favorite to finish among the top 10. Two of his last five oval track races ended outside the top 15, however, and that has to raise some concerns as well. Last week he snapped a five-race, top-10 streak on road courses.
Aug 15 - 9:56 AM

Clint Bowyer’s five-race, top-10 streak on road courses came to an end at Watkins Glen with a 27th-place finish in the Cheez-it 355k at the Glen.

Bowyer spent less than a handful of laps in the top 10 and never put himself in a position to finish strong. This uncharacteristically poor run on a track type that has been kind in the past hurts his odds in the next few races.
Aug 10 - 11:03 PM

After finishing 10th in the Toyota / Save Mart 350k at Sonoma, Clint Bowyer is riding a five-race, top-10 streak on NASCAR’s road courses. His last attempt on this track ended in a sixth last August.

Bowyer also finished 11th at the Glen in 2011 and fourth at Sonoma earlier that year, which gives him a long and consistent streak that rivals or surpasses most of the marquee drivers. Bowyer should be considered a safe pick in nearly every fantasy game.
Aug 6 - 12:50 PM

Clint Bowyer finished fourth in the 400 at Pocono after recording the eighth-best average running position of 11.394.

Bowyer had a quiet race for the most part and owed some of his track position to the wide variety of pit strategies that featured comers and goers. Bowyer is one of five drivers who would currently secure a Chase position on points, which means he needs to be more conservative than some of the other racers.
Aug 3 - 5:08 PM

Clint Bowyer will race chassis 809 at Pocono in the Pennsylvania 400. It has been raced at Kansas this May and the first Pocono race in June.

Bowyer’s 5-hour Energy 400 effort at Kansas was disappointing with a 23rd-place finish but he apparently learned something to make the chassis better. He narrowly missed finishing in the top 10 in the Pocono 400 with an 11th-place finish.
Aug 1 - 7:56 PM

Clint Bowyer posted the fifth fastest lap in practice for the 400. He topped the charts with a speed of 179.372 mph.

The speed differential between Bowyer and the leader Kurt Busch is nearly one mile per hour, which is significant in modern NASCAR. Race trim is a great equalizer, however, and Bowyer hopes that practice is not rained out on Saturday.
Aug 1 - 2:28 PM

Clint Bowyer has seldom stumbled at Pocono during his career, but he has rarely excelled as well. In his last 12 starts on this track he has a worst finish on only 18th and an average of 11.1, but he has recorded only one top-five. That strong run came in 2009.

Bowyer’s last three Pocono runs have been between 11th and 15th, which is about where fantasy players can expect him to land this week. If he fits ones of the final slots on a roster, that level of consistency makes him a good fantasy value.
Jul 30 - 12:08 PM