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DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 16: Clint Bowyer speaks with the media during NASCAR Preseason Thunder Fan Fest at Daytona International Speedway on January 16, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images)
Clint Bowyer must be brimming with optimism. After all, the personable driver heads to Talladega Superspeedway with as much going for him as possible. First, he's with the revamped Michael Waltrip Racing team that has taken the racing world by surprise with its dramatic climb in performance this season. Second, he's a stellar restrictor-plate racer. People might not hear Talladega and think Bowyer (since most are too busy considering Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s potential for the weekend), but they should. After all, Bowyer has finished no worse than second in his past three NASCAR Sprint Cup races at the track. Bowyer has six top-10 finishes in his past eight races there. Sure, he has moved from Richard Childress Racing to the Waltrip organization this season, but that apparently does nothing but bolster Bowyer's potential Sunday. In the season-opening race, at sister restrictor-plate track Daytona International Speedway, Bowyer was 11th -- right between teammates Mark Martin (10th) an...
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