Clint Bowyer’s 2015 season resembles a bell curve six weeks into the year. He has scored only two top-15s, which came at Daytona in the opening race and at Martinsville—both of which are specialty tracks.
Since joining Michael Waltrip Racing in 2012, Clint Bowyer has consistently struggled at Atlanta. His career-best finish with this team was a 27th in 2012 and his last two efforts ended in the high 30s.
Joey Logano credited an assist from Clint Bowyer as part of the reason he won the Daytona 500, but after pushing the No. 22 into the lead, the No. 15 fell to seventh. That was Bowyer’s third Daytona top-10 in his last four starts.
NASCAR got their first taste of group qualification for the Daytona 500 and it is as exciting as the race itself. Clint Bowyer and Reed Sorenson got into one another on at least two occasions in the first round. They finally wrecked and collected Denny Hamlin, Bobby Labonte, and JJ Yeley.
Simply finishing races on restrictor-plate, superspeedways can be a challenging task and Bowyer has been up to it. He has finished on the lead lap in all three Sprint Unlimiteds that he started.
Clint Bowyer failed to earn at least three consecutive top-10s anytime during the 2014 season, but he posted back-to-back results that strong on four occasions.
Clint Bowyer sustained crash damage at Texas and Phoenix to finish outside the top 25 both times, but he knew he could have a strong run at Homestead if he avoided trouble. He did just that and finished eighth in the Ford EcoBoost 400.
Clint Bowyer posted the quickest 10-lap average in Saturday morning’s practice session with a speed of 169.282 mph from his laps 23 through 32.
If Clint Bowyer can avoid bad luck this week, he should be able to score a top-15 in the Ford EcoBoost 400. He enters the weekend with a six-race streak of finishes 12th or better.
Clint Bowyer has an almost perfect record of top-15s on short, flat tracks this season. The only time he failed to finish that well was when a tire failure broke his suspension at Richmond this spring.
Clint Bowyer is riding a four-race, top-15 streak at Texas. His best result in the past four races was a sixth in fall 2012 and his worst was a 15th the following spring.
Clint Bowyer finished seventh in the Goody's 500 and extended his current streak of Martinsville top-10s to six consecutive races.
Clint Bowyer has the longest active streak of top-10s at Martinsville. He has finished that well in his last five races, including a ninth this spring.
Clint Bowyer finished third in the Geico 500. It was his third consecutive top-10 finish on this track.