Lurking In The Shadows

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Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:44
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Michael Waltrip Racing's Clint Bowyer and Hendrick Motorsports' Kasey Kahne are not bothered by the notion of calling the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup a two-driver race between leader Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski.


 Bowyer, who trails Johnson by 26 points, and Kahne, who trails by 29, head to Texas Motor Speedway looking for a strong result in Sunday's AAA Texas 500 to possibly put them in position to make them a threat for the title.


"I still feel like I have a chance because of the way the points are," Kahne said. "You can have a bad race. Denny (Hamlin) lost tons of points just by things that happen in racing. It's part of the sport."


Both drivers have had success at Texas Motor Speedway, but it is Kahne that has a victory - which came during the 2006 Samsung/RadioShack 500 - on his resume.


Bowyer has excelled despite being winless at Texas Motor Speedway. He has seven top-10 finishes in 13 career starts, including four top-10 finishes in his four previous AAA Texas 500 appearances. He fell short of earning his first victory during the 2011 Samsung Mobile 500 when he led 44 laps, only to finish runner-up to Matt Kenseth.


"I want to leave Texas a full-on sportsman," Bowyer said. "I want a shotgun (given to the pole winner) to go turkey hunting and pistols (fired by the winner in Victory Lane) just in case the Wild Wild West fires back up. I want guns when I leave here blazing. That's exactly what I want. I've never had those and they're awesome."



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