The 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season has shown promise out of Clint Bowyer and his No. 14 Ford with Stewart-Haas Racing. In the season opening race at the Daytona International Speedway, he was in the hunt for a good finish until he dropped a cylinder. Still, he brought home his car in 15th place. Not too shabby under the circumstances.
Last weekend in Atlanta, Bowyer earned stage points in both stages and came away with a top five finish, third to be exact. Now, he’s hoping to end his 187 race winless steak and get to victory lane in Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 (3:30 p.m. ET/FOX/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) for the first time since the playoff race at Charlotte in Oct. 2012.
Last year, Bowyer started 13th and finished 10th on the 1.5-mile Nevada track. That kicked started a nice west coast swing that also saw him finish 13th (Phoenix) and third (Fontana) after. He’d have 11 top 15 finishes in the first 12 races of last season. It was a nice start after having three straight miserable years prior.
He had 19 total top 15 finishes over the previous two seasons combined. Then, he joined SHR to replace the retiring Tony Stewart for 2017 and he started off great. Unfortunately, his finishes tapered off, as he scored just 12 top 15 finishes over the remaining 24 races, three of which though were in the top three. He’s had six top three finishes in just 38 starts with SHR. He had eight total from 2013 through 2016.
He’s running like a contender again, one that’s hoping to finally get back to victory lane. So far this weekend, he’s been strong too. He will start 11th on Sunday.
I’d watch out for Bowyer on Sunday. He’s only got 16-1 odds to win. I’d consider putting money on that.