Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 10/28/14

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 07: Clint Bowyer drives the #33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 7, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images for NASCAR)

CORNELIUS, N.C.  – No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota crew chief Brian Pattie calls his  team’s tenth and fourth-place finishes in the first two Chase races “good” but says now it’s time for “great” finishes.

Pattie would like that to happen this weekend at Dover International Speedway – the third race in NASCAR’s 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup. The “great” expectations for the sixth-place team are real.  

The No. 15 team scored the third most points of any driver over the last 10 races and finished fifth in spring race at the  Monster Mile.

BRIAN PATTIE ON DOVER: “Loudon, Dover and Talladega are three races that we need to perform well. We ran well last week at Loudon and got a top-five, but would have liked to do just a little better. We need to perform well heading into Charlotte, which is not one of our best racetracks.

“So much can go wrong at Dover. If you wreck at Dover you pretty much DNF (Did Not Finish) – there’s no real coming back from that at Dover. Points will jumble up post Dover – not as bad as post Talladega, but similar because it’s so tight and one man’s mistake will gather 10 others. We saw that in the spring. Some big hitters that qualified in the back were taken out early. Every race is important, but this race is really important because of how well we run there. We have to make ground on the tracks that we feel are good for us.”

TRACKS OF CONCERN:  “I don’t worry about any races except maybe Charlotte, but even there I think we’ve learned so much from our teammates that it’ll help us there. The only race of the year that really concerns me is Texas. We just really struggled in Texas, but I think some of that will depend on where we are in points at that point. With three races left the motivation factor is either slightly higher or slightly lower depending on where you are in points.  We’ll deal with Texas when we get there.”

GOALS: “I want to make it to Homestead mathematically still in it to win it. That’s been my goal from the very beginning. I would say that would be an accomplishment in itself. My last time in the Chase I didn’t have that option. We were just going for a top-five in points. I’d like to think we can go to Homestead with a mathematical chance to win this thing.”

WE NEED TO: “Continue to be consistent. Take changes where it makes sense, where you can. You can’t take chances that are too far outside the box because as you saw at Loudon most of the top-10 are going to be Chasers. I just look back at the last 10 races and know that we’ve been pretty good – very consistent. We’ve been as consistent as anyone in the field. We still need to lead more laps. We need to be more of a threat week in and week out, instead of just being a top-five, top-10 guy to win the Championship.”

IMPORTANCE OF WINNING A POLE: “Obviously it’s important. The biggest thing is to get the extra point for most likely leading the first lap. In this points deal that’s huge more than just the pole itself. Pit selection is good pretty much everywhere you go.  It’s always a good thing to start up front. Going back to the first statement, we need to lead more laps and be a consistent threat to win and starting up front is a big part of that.”

POINT STANDING: Bowyer is tied with Kasey Kahne for fifth in the point standing with 2081 points. Bowyer trails leader Jimmie Johnson by 15 points. Bowyer entered the Chase with six bonus points for his wins at Sonoma and Richmond. Prior to 2012, the best season any driver in the history of MWR has finished in a season is 16th in the final point standings (David Reutimann, 2009).

CHASSIS NOTES: Primary chassis No. 733 finished sixth a Pocono in June and eighth at Pocono in August in its only racing action this season. Backup chassis No. 716 finished sixth at Las Vegas and also ran at Kansas, Kentucky and Indy.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Yankees wanted Rollins but Phillies' price was too high

Pop misses game for medical reasons; Messina takes over

John Beilein upset with ESPN for late start time to game

Tyson Chandler felt like Knicks' scapegoat at times

Fred Jackson has 'no respect' for Donte Whitner

Devon Still responds to unpaid child support allegations

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Diamondbacks sign Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas

Josh Gordon felt alienated by some in Browns organization

Jerry Jones: I'm a big admirer of Robert Griffin III

Raiola fined for uneccesarily striking Pats' Zach Moore

Report: Michigan keeping Jim Hackett on as athletic director

LeBron James on Ferguson: 'Violence is not the answer'

Report: Small chance Raiders-Rams could be moved to Indy

Todd Gurley begins rehab after surgery on knee for torn ACL

Brodeur to practice with Blues

OSU player posts Michigan player's girlfriend as his 'WCW'

Jim Harbaugh's family may not eat turkey thanks to NBC

Ole Miss' The Grove threatened by Mississippi State fan

Is it time for the Redskins to move on from Robert Griffin III?

Top 10 fantasy football turkeys for 2014

WATCH: Coyotes lose in ugly fashion, score own goal in OT

Warriors are having tons of fun on team plane

Jenn Sterger hints she'll be back in her FSU cowgirl gear for game

Game of the week: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

John Beilein upset with ESPN

Should Washington move on from RG3?

Dominic Raiola fined for cheap shots

Game of the week: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos

Rose leaves with injury again

WATCH: Pierce signs for fan during game

Report: McCoy to start over RG3

Braxton Miller headed to Oregon?

10 most one-sided college football rivalries

Pierce: C's Big Three like 'Holy Trinity'

Maclin unhappy with Cooper comments

Post-Week 13 CFB Playoff projection

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.