A Year Makes A Difference For Clint Bowyer

By Christy Valdez

A year can make a difference, just ask Clint Bowyer. The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season was a turn around from his performance the year before.

Starting off the 2012 season, Bowyer went over to a new team, that being Michael Waltrip Racing. After racing with Richard Childress Racing for about eight years, a fresh start was what Bowyer needed for his own sake, and to make the chase.

In his last season with RCR, Bowyer captured one win in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Bowyer took the checkered flag and made his only appearance in Victory Lane at the fall race at Talladega. He also managed four top-five finishes and 16 top-10 finishes.

Bowyer’s lone win in 2011 came after he missed the cut for the chase. He would end the season finishing 13th in the point standings. Not only did Bowyer miss the chase but also his time at RCR would reach its end when he would leave the team after not finding all the necessary sponsorship for 2012.

The 2012 season would be the revival of Bowyer, with a new team came new achievements. In just the 2012 season, Bowyer has captured two victories, which were at Sonoma and Richmond. He would secure himself into the 2012 chase within the top ten in the point standings.

Bowyer has also posted seven top-five finishes and 17 top-10 finishes in 2012, and an average finish of 11.2. Currently he sits in sixth place in the point standings.

As for the future, Bowyer’s ride with MWR for 2013 is secure with sponsorship from Five Hour Energy and Peak Motor Oil.

Christy Valdez is a member of the NASCAR Media. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy

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