What would a victory at Kansas Speedway mean to Clint Bowyer, who grew up in Emporia, Kan., less than 100 miles from the track? In his own words: “To be able to win there some day … if we could possibly pull this off again in Kansas, it would be … more special than winning the Daytona 500.”
This could be the week that happens as Bowyer heads to the resurfaced and reconfigured 1.5-mile layout with an unprecedented head of steam. Bowyer comes off his victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway – a win that boosted him to fourth in Chase standings just 28 points behind leader Brad Keselowski. The Kansan already has posted career-best season numbers: three wins and eight top-five and 19 top-10 finishes. Although Bowyer finished 36th at Kansas Speedway in April, he was seventh in last fall’s Chase race and owns a second-place finish (2007).