15 CLINT BOWYER, Toyota
Team: Michael Waltrip Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: After two weeks in 10th place, Clint Bowyer moved up one spot to ninth place following Pocono. He trails points leader Jeff Gordon by 140 points (the same as prior to Pocono), is one point behind eighth-ranked Carl Edwards and leads 10th-ranked Kyle Busch by six points.
WATKINS GLEN RECORD: 8 career starts, 0 wins, 1 top-5, 3 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: Fourth in 2012. Finished sixth in this race last year and was a career-best fourth in the 2012 race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Bowyer is still looking for his first win of 2014 and his first career win at Watkins Glen (to go along with his one win at the other road course, Sonoma). Here's his thoughts on Sunday's race: "I don't know that I'm that great (on road courses), but I do enjoy them. Sonoma is a little better for me than Watkins Glen but we've had some decent finishes the past few years. I'm not really sure why. You've really got to have everything go right on the road courses. You can't make dumb mistakes, dive bomb someone and crash, take yourself out of the race. I think we can get a good finish, we just have to have everything go right and not do something that takes us out of the running for a good finish."
LOOKING BACK: Bowyer had an excellent run Sunday at Pocono. While he didn't lead any laps, he was in the top 10 for most of the day and finished strong with a fourth-place showing.
ETC.: Bowyer has completed a near-perfect 99.9 percent (721 laps) of the 722 total laps contested in eight career starts at Watkins Glen. His average start there is 17.2 and average finish is 14.4. He has zero DNFs there.