Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series team owner Clint Bowyer talks about grassroots racing
Clint Bowyer isn’t just a fan favorite in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He’s also the owner of a two car team in the LOLMDS. Ahead of the Texas Motor Speedway NASCAR event tomorrow, he was asked about his dirt racing program.
Paraphrasing, he feels in debt to weekly racing. In actual quotes, “Weekly racing is what put me on the map. And gave all of us an opportunity to showcase our talents to the race teams that we’re racing for today.”
NASCAR draws from Weekly racing series like the LOLMDS, “That’s the support series. That’s the level that gets everybody here.”
He continued, “Not just drivers, it’s crew members, it’s engineers, crew chiefs, over the wall guys. Everything that you see, that makes up the Cup Series all starts in one way shape or form in a weekly racing series somewhere across the country.”
He concluded, “I love being a part of that.”
Clint Bowyer mentioned that the two drivers on his dirt racing team ask the same question every year. Question being “Do I got a job?”
As long as you see my ass in a cup car don’t you worry about your job.
“I told my guys, they always ask every year… As long as you see my ass in a cup car don’t you worry about your job.”
Clint Bowyer Racing fields the #5 and #14 in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Don O’Neal drives the #5 PEAK Antifreeze dirt late model. Darrell Lanigan is the driver of the #14 iRacing dirt late model.
Don O’Neal is the most recent winner on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tour. It was a long time coming as he’s been plagued with bad luck. Things went into a positive direction at Duck River Raceway Park. O’Neal took the lead from Scott Bloomquist and went on to claim his first LOLMDS win of the year.
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Don O’Neal is currently 7th in 2017 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series point standings. The other Clint Bowyer Racing car car, driven by Darrell Lanigan, sits 9th in season standings. Lanigan, mirroring Don O’Neal, has had his own share of bad luck this season.
The Clint Bowyer dirt late model team is racing today at Batesville Motor Speedway. The drivers will compete for $20,000 in the Bad Boy 98. Darrell Lanigan, driving the #14 will start 5th at the Batesville, AR dirt track. The other Clint Bowyer car, the #5 driven by Don O’Neal will start 11th in the 98-lap main event.
Clint Bowyer will start 3rd tomorrow at Texas Motor Speedway. 2017 is his first year with Stewart-Haas Racing. In just 6 races, he’s finished inside the top 10, three times. That equals his top ten run total for all of 2016, over 36 races.
Author: Shane Walters