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Mullins: For Bowyer, Itís Not If Heíll Win, But When


Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Stewart Haas Racing Ford, has been close to victory this year with a pair of top-five finishes in his first eight races since joining SHR. Itís been 157 races since Bowyer visited victory lane, the Fall race at Charlotte on October 13, 2012, to be exact.

After three years of not running up to personal standards with the now defunct Michael Waltrip Racing, many people quested if Bowyer was still a viable race car driver. Knowing that he could still make a living as wheelman, Bowyer made a move to an underfunded team for a year as a ďholdingĒ before making the jump to SHR this season following Tony Stewartís retirement. After nearly four years, the driver of the No. 14 is on the cusp of breaking out and earning the victory that has seemed so far away the last couple of seasons.

After a trying season last year with HScott Motorsports which resulted in only three top-ten finishes, Bowyer finished the season ranked 27th, the worst of his career. In 2017, Bowyer is currently ranked eighth in the championships standing with four top-ten and two top-five finishes.

Earlier this season, Bowyer finished third at Auto Club Speedway, his best finish since posting a fifth place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway in August 2015. His best finish of the year came earlier this week on Monday at Bristol as he claimed the runner-up position.

ďI’m having a blast,Ē Bowyer said after his race at Auto Club. ďTo have this opportunity and the opportunity to go out and compete and win races, and race for a championship hopefully, that’s what you’re here to do. I realize that these opportunities don’t come around every day.Ē

With the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heading to Richmond this weekend, could this be the weekend in which Bowyer returns to his winning ways? Bowyer has history at RIR as two of his eight premier-tier races have come at the Virginia track back in September 2015 and May 2008. In addition, he has four top-fives and 348 laps led at the .75-mile track.

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About Jacob Mullins

Jacob Mullins serves as the managing editor and senior NASCAR writer covering all three national touring series's. You can find him on on Twitter at @JMulls15. An intercollegiate athletic administrator by trade, Mullins can be found at the big tracks as well as the local short tracks in the Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. Mullins enjoys social media, photography and graphic design. A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mullins follows all forms of racing, Major League Baseball (Baltimore Orioles) and college football (Virginia Tech Hokies).

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