This would be a good weekend for Clint Bowyer to come up big, because most of what's happened so far this week hasn't been good news for either Bowyer or the team he drives for, Michael Waltrip Racing.
After last Sunday's marathon rain delay at Chicagoland Speedway, Bowyer ended the GEICO 400 in ninth place. And while ordinarily a top-10 finish is considered a good day, six of the top eight finishers at Chicagoland are in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, as is Bowyer. Ryan Newman and Carl Edwards, the two guys who finished 10th and 11th, each led laps, while Bowyer didn't. So Bowyer only made up a single point on Edwards and none on Newman.
That means heading into New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Sunday's Sylvania 300, race No. 2 in the Chase, Bowyer is mired in ninth place in points, 28 behind Chicago winner Matt Kenseth. It should be noted that Kenseth has six race victories this season to none for Bowyer.
Although Bowyer, last year's runner-up to Brad Keselowski in the Sprint Cup...