Like his Richard Childress racing teammates, Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton, Clint Bowyer had a very up and down 2009 Sprint Cup racing season. While he started the season with a 4th place finish in the Daytona 500, and in the first month of the season, a late spring, early summer slump really derailed this team?s chances to make the Chase.
Really though this was a terribly inconsistent team in 2009. Bowyer and crew chief Shane Wilson just couldn?t seem to string together a bunch of quality finishes for their #33 team. They would get a few, and then have a few really bad ones. Hopefully for 2010 this team will find a way to string together quality finishes in big bunches.
Things could be a whole lot worse for a team that 15th in the final points standings, had a driver rating of 83.5, had an average running position of 16.2, completed 96.8 of the laps run in 2009, 58.9% of which were run in the top 15, and 84.3% of then were run on the lead lap. However Bowyer had just 1.5% of the fastest laps run in 2009, so there is room for improvement.
Bowyer had an average of 16.6, and an average finish of 14.9. He had just one DNF due to an on the track incident, racked up 4 top five, and 16 top ten finishes. Along the way he earned 4.3 million dollars in purse money.
Clint also ran 12 races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. There he racked up two wins, six top five, and 8 top ten finishes. He had no DNF?s and won 440,364 dollars in purse money.
People often forget that Bowyer is one of the few NASCAR drivers to have wins in all three of NASCAR?s national touring divisions, and if RCR can rebound from a down 2009 Bowyer is their best chance at winning a Sprint Cup title.
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