Statistics, however, don’t lie. In nine starts at the 2.5-mile road course, Bowyer has finished outside the top 10 only twice. He has five top-five finishes with one of the those top-five results being a victory in 2012.
With 11 races left to make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field, Bowyer and his No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota team know that they must stay on course, literally, at Sonoma if they want to keep themselves in the hunt. Bowyer is currently only 12 points from the top 16, the cut off for the Chase. A good finish at the California road course would keep him on course to make the field, while a win would likely secure a berth. With his impressive stats at Sonoma, anything is possible.
How much confidence do you take to Sonoma as a past winner?
“Anytime you go to a track you’ve won at, there’s confidence there and that means something. It’s a fun race track and fun weekend. It’s in wine country and everybody likes to go up there and have fun. It really is kind of a vacation for everybody because everything is so different. The track and the racing action on the track is a lot different – it can get really wild. Off the race track, there’s a lot to do so looking forward to it.”