Bowyer is 16th - the final playoff spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings- with just eight races remaining before the end of the regular season. A good run could add to his lead over 17th place while a victory at the “Magic Mile” would likely propel him into the Chase.
If past performance is indicative of future success then there’s plenty of reason for optimism in the No. 15 Toyota camp. Bowyer owns victories in the 2007 and 2010 fall races at NHMS plus he’s posted seven top-10s in 18 races.
Along with raising the traditional winner’s trophy, Bowyer would love to once again raise the live rock lobster the track presents to the winner in victory lane.
Adding to the incentives is this week’s announcement that Bowyer’s primary sponsor 5-hour ENERGY will serve as the race’s title sponsor for the 5-hour ENERGY 301.
Bowyer on New Hampshire: “Man, everything is lining up for us. New Hampshire has been a track where we’ve been to victory lane before, 5-hour ENERGY has stepped up and become the title sponsor of the race, the track its celebrating its 25th race weekend anniversary, there’s so many things aligning. Sure we have a lot on the line this weekend, but everyone does at this point in the season. It’s pretty simple for us really. Go out and win or go out and get good finishes and all the points and Chase stuff will be fine. I’d love for the track to give me another big old lobster.
What does it take to get around New Hampshire?
“New Hampshire can be a tricky little race track. You’ve got to be able to roll the middle faster than the next guy and you’ve got to be able to put that throttle down. It may sound simple but those two things together are actually pretty difficult. You get the thing to where it will really roll the middle good and it’s pretty free and now you’re too loose up off. You get the thing tightened up in the center and now you can’t get off the corner right to pass anybody. It can be a tough thing to juggle.”