Clint Bowyer, No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota — Bristol Motor Speedway Preview

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No. 15 5-hour ENERGY® TOYOTA

Bristol Motor Speedway Preview

American Muscle

CORNELIUS, N.C. — More than 13,000 NASCAR fans have followed No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota driver Clint Bowyer on Twitter since the Michael Waltrip Racing driver began tweeting from @ClintBowyer on Thursday.

Although initially reluctant to join in the social media craze, Bowyer has tweeted updates about his sixth-place finish at Las Vegas, sent pictures from a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a community building his foundation built in Emporia, Kan., plus offered random thoughts and pictures of his dirt cars. Look for more Twitter updates throughout the weekend as Bowyer and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series head to Bristol Motor Speedway for this weekend’s race.

ON TWITTER: “I fought (signing up for Twitter) as long as they’d let me. I knew a lot of people and other drivers were on it and the fans seem to love it, but I just wasn’t quite sure about it. People have been asking me to get on for a long time, but I needed to see how it would work for me. What I’ve learned so far is that it is what you make of it. For me I can use it to follow my dirt team when I’m not there to see how they’re doing. I can have fun with fans and answer questions. And, it allows me to just be me and have fun with it. I’m still learning and could use some lessons, but I’m enjoying it so far.”

ON BRISTOL: “Bristol is like the old coliseums you see in the movies. You get that feeling when you walk in that the people are there to be entertained and the drivers are there to do battle. It’s good old fashioned short track racing in one of the harshest environments you can imagine. I just love the place. It’s tough on you physically and mentally – and emotions run high. There is no place like it – and it’s a ton of fun to get in there and get after it. I’ve come close there quite a few times in the Cup Series and I have a win in the Nationwide Series. To get a win at Bristol is a very big deal. I’d love to add a Cup win at Bristol – and I think we’ll have a pretty good shot this weekend.”


·      Bowyer Gives Back: On Monday, Bowyer attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Bowyer Community Building in Emporia, Kan. Bowyer worked with Lyon County to secure the land for the building and Bowyer’s 79 Fund donated more than $1 million for the design and construction. The multi-purpose building was immediately turned over to the people of Lyon County to host community events, concerts, weddings and business meetings. For more information and pictures of the building in various stages of its construction, visit the Bowyer Community Building Facebook page. (Click Here)

·      Bowyer at Bristol: Bowyer will make his 13th career NSCS start at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday. In 12 previous starts, he has three top-five and five top-10 finishes. He finished a career-best third twice—first in fall 2007 and again in spring 2008 where he led 81 laps. On average he starts 20th and finishes 19th.

·      Chassis Notes: The No. 15 5-hour ENERGY team will race chassis No. 724 at Bristol.  Chassis No. 718 will serve as the backup. Chassis 718 also served as the backup in Phoenix. Both chassis are new in 2012.

·      Now Appearing: Clint “Brawlin” Bowyer will participate in the Wii Boxing Tournament Friday at 6:30 p.m. as part of Food City Family Race Night at Bristol Motor Speedway.

·      Going Down The Only Road He’s Ever Know: Bowyer chose “Here I Go Again on My Own” by White Snake as his intro song for Sunday afternoon. The song is featured in the new Sprint commercial that debuted during the Daytona 500 with Bowyer singing Karaoke in his No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota.

·      PINTEREST: MWR now has a home on the Pinterest social bulletin board where you can view the latest videos and photos.

Crew Roster

Crew Chief                Brian Pattie

Car Chief                   Billy Curwood

Front Changer            Danny Kincaid

Rear Changer             Chuck Efaw

Front Carrier              Jason Gay

Rear Carrier               Richard Coleman

Jackman                   Shaun Peet

Gas Man                   Mike Metcalf

Spotter                      Ty Norris

Engineer                    Dax Garringer

Engineer                    Tim O’Brien

Interior                      Nate Kennedy

Mechanic                   Travis Stock

Mechanic                   Rick Ramsey

Tire Specialist             Scott Swift

Shock Specialist         Adam Cooke

Engine Tuner              Joe Bullard

Truck Driver               Al Nelson

Truck Driver               Ray Erwin

Bowyer at Bristol

Year        Start         Finish        Led

2006-1     27             29             –

2006-2     27             38             –

2007-1     18             8              –

2007-2     15             3              –

2008-1     3              3              81

2008-2     22             7              –

2009-1     31             13             –

2009-2     6              21             –

2010-1     26             40             –

2010-2     24             4              1

2011-1     27             35             –

2011-2     16             26             –

Broadcast Schedule

Practice     12:00 p.m. SPEED

Qualify      3:30 p.m.   SPEED

Practice     9:30 a.m.   SPEED

H. Hour     12:00 p.m. SPEED

Race         12:30 p.m. FOX

Radio Broadcast:

SiriusXM 90 and PRN Radio

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