The one-mile oval produces its share of beating and banging. It’s a track that Michael Waltrip Racing driver Clint Bowyer enjoys and if stats are any indication, it’s a track he seems to enjoy most in the spring. His two top-five finishes and four of his top-10 finishes came during the spring races.
Currently 14th in points, Bowyer is looking to keep his 5-hour ENERGY team moving up in the standings. A sure way to make that happen is to shine in the Valley of the Sun with a good finish.
What are the keys to getting around Phoenix?
“Having rear grip is the main thing. The repave a few years ago made it so one minute you are going along just fine and the next the rear end wants to come around on you. It’s what makes racing there so challenging. There’s not much banking so that makes it even more difficult. Getting that balance right so you’ve got enough rear grip is what everyone will be working on all weekend and looking for in the race.”