15 CLINT BOWYER, Toyota
Team: Michael Waltrip Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 12th, 23 points out of a spot in the Chase. Lost two spots last week to fall out of the top 10.
RICHMOND RECORD: Two wins and nine top-10 finishes in 17 starts.
LOOKING AHEAD: Bowyer knows "We are going to have to have a really good finish (at Richmond), if not a win, to make it into the Chase. We've been good at Richmond, and we've got to be really good this time around. Last week really hurt, but we have to put it behind us and concentrate on rebounding at Richmond. It has been a good track for us in the past so we have high hopes for the weekend."
LOOKING BACK: Bowyer's hopes of making the Chase took a real beating Sunday night in Atlanta when his shifter broke early in the race. By the time the team replaced the transmission, Bowyer was 22 laps down and in 42nd place. He ended the night in 38th place. "It seems like if it weren't for bad luck, we wouldn't have any luck," said a dejected Bowyer, who began the night with a spot in the Chase. But as he heads to Richmond, Bowyer is now 23 points behind Greg Biffle in the race for the last spot in the Chase.
ETC.: A year ago Bowyer was involved in one of the biggest controversies in NASCAR history when he spun late in the race with Ryan Newman closing in on a win and a spot in the Chase, knocking out then teammate Martin Truex, Jr., out of the Chase. The caution completely changed the complexion of the race with Carl Edwards racing to the win. NASCAR later ruled that Michael Waltrip Racing had tried to change the outcome of the race by having Bowyer spin on purpose. This year Bowyer hopes to be the one driving into the winner's circle and earning a spot in the Chase.