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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 earned a top-10 in the first race of the season at Daytona International Speedway. It took nine weeks, but he finally scored a second with a ninth in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway
That comes just before Bowyer and the field heads to Talladega SuperSpeedway, which is a track where he has excelled in the past. He would be a favorite there without the added momentum, but this certainly helps make him a popular pick for Sunday. Apr 26 - 8:46 PM

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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.

Martinsville is one of Bowyer’s best tracks and he runs strong on restrictor-plate, superspeedways as well. The key to his success will be to sustain strong runs at Texas and Richmond in the coming weeks, because those are also strong courses for the driver of the No. 15.
Apr 5 - 6:08 PM

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.

Bowyer has not gotten off to a much stronger start this week with a 25th-best effort in qualification. That position would probably have been worse if not for 13 cars that failed to clear the inspection line, so Bowyer is probably best left in the garage. His all-time career best on this track is sixth, which he earned four times. The most recent occasion was back in 2009.
Feb 28 - 10:57 AM

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.

There were actually quite a few streaks of this kind that were paid off at Daytona this week, but Bowyer is still one of the examples of how difficult plate tracks can be to handicap. His other result in the past four races was a 42nd caused by a blown engine in last year’s 500.
Feb 22 - 7:34 PM

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.

While qualification has never been particularly predictive of how drivers will run in race trim, the multi-car group qualification is as close as it gets. The damage will not seriously impact Bowyer or Hamlin, but it could be extremely costly to the low-budget teams.
Feb 15 - 1:46 PM

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.

While that is good for drivers, fantasy owners have a higher standard. Bowyer has mostly met them as well with a pair of top-10s in his last two appearances in 2011 and 2012. He missed the last two editions of this race.
Feb 14 - 1:55 PM

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.

Sometime during the 2015 season, Bowyer will be highly focused on earning a third consecutive top-10 and when that happens it will be time for fantasy players to start thinking of him in place-and-hold terms. Until then, use him sparingly.
Feb 11 - 11:28 AM

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.

That was his seventh consecutive top-15 on this track and his eighth such finish in nine starts. Ending the season on a predictably strong high note will give this team some confidence during the off-season.
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 12:36:00 PM

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.

Bowyer has one of the most consistently strong records at Homestead with seven top-12 results in eight races. If he can avoid trouble, he will be one of the best values in any game, but he has suffered crash damage in both of the last two races.
Sat, Nov 15, 2014 02:06:00 PM

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.

In fact, with the exception of the 2007 edition of this race, he has never finished outside of the top 12 and that at least makes him one of this week’s top dark horses.
Thu, Nov 13, 2014 02:01:00 PM

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.

Only one of his efforts ended in a top-five, however, and that was notably on the same track where he experienced his DNF. He was 13th this spring at Phoenix and should be expected to finish somewhere in that same range this week.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 08:59:00 AM

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.

Expanding the parameters a little shows the same kind of consistency. Bowyer finished 17th in the 2012 Samsung Mobile 500 and that is the only other time in the past eight races he finished outside the top 10. If he fits a niche on your roster, start him with confidence.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 11:41:00 AM

Clint Bowyer finished seventh in the Goody's 500 and extended his current streak of Martinsville top-10s to six consecutive races.

He already had the longest streak, but with Jimmie Johnson’s four-race mark ending in a disastrous finish, Bowyer stands alone and will be one of the favorites when the series returns to this short track in 2015.
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 11:50:00 AM

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.

Bowyer swept the top five in 2013 and had another fifth-place finish at the end of 2012. If his STP 500 attempt last year is an indication, he is capable of challenging for a victory because he finished second to Johnson in that event. Altogether, that makes him a great pick in most games.
Wed, Oct 22, 2014 06:36:00 PM

Clint Bowyer finished third in the Geico 500. It was his third consecutive top-10 finish on this track.

Top-10 streaks are difficult to achieve and maintain at Talladega. This was not only his third top-10, but his second consecutive third-place finish on the 2.66-mile track.
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 07:00:00 PM