You know you are on a roll, when a 15th place finish is a disappointing one. Right now Kansas native Clint Bowyer is on a roll. Yet he still has one thing on his mind as he heads to Michigan this week.
"Obviously we want to lead more laps and compete for wins," Bowyer said before teeing off at the Air Capital Classic Pro-Am here in his home state of Kansas. "But in our sport in all serious right now, it's all about maintaining a good points base to make that chase."
And Bowyer is currently third in the points, 69 point behind leader Jimmie Johnson. But more importantly he is 57 points ahead of tenth place Greg Biffle. Bowyer will need to be tenth or better in the points come the end of 26 races, to earn a spot in NASCAR's postseason.
"The summer months, this is when we get into the grind," said Bowyer. "It kind of separates the men from the boys. It seems like the teams that run well through the summer months that lead into that chase, and rock and roll, are in the chase for the championship"
This week at Michigan could be a good chance for Bowyer to get that first win. Not because it's a particularly great track for Bowyer, though he does have six top tens in 14 races. No the reason he might finally break through this week is because he has a little luck on his side. After playing in the pro-am a year ago in Wichita, he got his first win of 2012 at Sonoma.
"Josh (Broadway, Bowyer's pro partner) keeps reminding me of that. He thinks it was all him." Bowyer joked. "Just being around royalty, a champion, it taught me how to win. I mean, I didn't know I had it until Josh."
All joking a side, Bowyer knows if he keeps what he is doing, his team has a great shot of improving his points finish from one season ago, and winning his first Sprint Cup title.
"We've just got a good group. and certainly we are up in the point this time of year is where we need to be," said Bowyer. "I'm liking what I'm seeing. "