KANSAS CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Emporia native Clint Bowyer is in tenth in this year's NASCAR standings with three top-five and six top-ten finishes.
Driver Clint Bowyer stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Friday, May 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
Heading into this weekend's Digital Ally 400 at the Kansas Speedway, Bowyer said an eleventh career victory would be special--especially since he's never won in his home state.
"This hasn't been a good track for me," Bowyer said. "This has been one of my worst tracks statistically."
In fact, the number 14 car has just one top-ten finish in his last 11 starts in Kansas City.
On Friday, however, his team unloaded what Bowyer called "a very fast" Rush Truck Centers' Ford.
"I think it's the best chance I've had in a long time and that's no kidding," Bowyer said. "The old stopwatch is one you can't ever lie about. And when you looked at the board, all of our Stewart-Haas cars were right up there at the top of it."
That's no kidding either.
Stewart-Haas cars finished first through fourth in Friday's qualifying, with Kevin Harvick at the top, Aric Almirola in second, Bowyer in third and Daniel Suarez in fourth.
First thing's first, though, for Bowyer. He has family and friends to see.
"Everybody's texting me through practice," Bowyer laughed. "I get back to my phone, I'm like I'm trying to work here."
Saturday's Digital Ally 400 begins at 6:30 p.m. and will air on Fox Sports 1.
As of Thursday, Bowyer sits at 18-1 odds to win, according to CBS Sports.