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The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

It was going to be another strong run for the Kansas kid. It was going to be, until Clint Bowyer was spun coming to the checkered flag. After battling back from a tough day, Bowyer went from running into the top ten, to finishing 19th at Martinsville.

"We were in position for a top 10, but I got taken out in the last turn," said Bowyer. "It is just frustrating."

That's the bad news. The good news is that NASCAR is off to a track that Bowyer has run well at recently. The 33 was second at Texas in the spring and really could have, should have won.

"This track is like Talladega Superspeedway in that we could have won at both of those tracks," said Bowyer. I was lapping Brian Vickers and he got a little squirrely. We almost got turned around, but saved it. By that time, Matt (Kenseth) got around me and the rest is history. Texas Motor Speedway is a good race track for us. I enjoy going there."

It shows in the results, in 11 starts at Texas Bowyer had six top tens.

When you go to Texas its all about a track that is big and fast. Which is fun for the drivers. But it's also hard work.

Said Bowyer, "The sheer speed at Texas is probably the most demanding part about that race track. When you want to talk about a sensation of speed, you think about qualifying. Track position is everything at a big track like Texas Motor Speedway. You have to be able to play your cards right and your strategy right. If a caution comes out, you have to plan accordingly and play the audible. You have to decide two tires, four tires or fuel only. Whatever you have to do to keep that track position, you've to keep yourself in position for the end of the race."

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