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Clint Bowyer, back-to-back winner at Talladega, optimistic about upcoming race

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Clint Bowyer, the driver of the No. 15 5 Hour Energy Toyota Camry, rolls into Talladega having won back-to-back October races at the Superspeedway, and he is confident he can make it three in a row on Sunday.

"I'm going in there with the confidence of knowing I've won the last two, and I am a guy who needs a good run to get myself back in the championship," Bowyer told the Associated Press on Monday.

Considering Bowyer's past showings at Talladega, his optimism is justified.

His average finish in 10 races since 2007 is 10.3, and has finished outside the top-12 only once.

Bowyer is currently fourth in the Chase for the Cup standings, 25 points behind leader Brad Keselowski, and he'll need another strong finish on Sunday to have any chance of winning the championship.

"I'm going in there with the confidence of knowing I've won the last two, and I am a guy who needs a good run to get myself back in the championship."


                                  NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings Top 12

Bowyer at Talladega

Race Date Finish
10/7/07 11th
4/27/08 9th
10/5/08 5th
4/26/09 39th
11/1/09 12th
4/25/10 7th
10/31/10 1st
4/17/11 2nd
10/23/11 1st
5/6/12 6th
Pos.
Driver
Points
Pts. Behind





1.
Brad Keselowski
2142    
--       





2.
Jimmie Johnson
2137
-5





3.
Denny Hamlin
2126
-16





4.
Clint Bowyer
2117
-25





5.
Tony Stewart
2110
-32





6.
Kasey Kahne
2110
-32





7.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2103
-39





8.
Martin Truex Jr.
2100
-42





9.
Kevin Harvick
2096
-46





10.
Jeff Gordon
2094
-48





11.   
Greg Biffle
2091
-51





12.
Matt Kenseth
2070
-72





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