BARRE, Vt. – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Clint Bowyer has filed an entry for the upcoming Vermont Governor’s Cup at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl.
This is the second-straight year Bowyer, a eight-time Sprint Cup race winner and the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion, has entered the event at the quarter-mile asphalt oval.
“I want to tackle that quarter-mile again,” Bowyer said. “I didn’t have enough time to figure out the fourth turn, but I learned a lot last year about it and I really want to get back there. The teams and fans were fun to be around.”
The original date for the Vermont Governor’s Cup was June 26, but it has been switched to July 10 to coincide with the NASCAR Sprint Cup event being held that weekend at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. June 26 will now be a regular Thursday night race program at Thunder Road.
“We are happy to make this kind of schedule change to have Clint Bowyer in attendance again. He said a year ago that he wanted to come back after a disappointing finish and my guess is that he will be ready to take on the best that Thunder Road has to offer,” said Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl founder Ken Squier.
Bowyer won his heat race and started the 2013 race in 16th. He ran 132 laps before retiring.
“I really wanted to win and when I knew that was not going to happen I wanted to bring the car back to the team in one piece. Sometimes you got to know when to hold them and know when to fold them. I am hoping for a Royal Flush this year,” said Bowyer.
Bowyer will be driving for the same team he drove for a year ago. Rick Green from Enosburg Falls, Vt., is the owner of RGR, which includes the ACT cars driven by Travis Stearns, Joey Becker and now Scott Dragon. The cars are constructed at Crazy Horse Racing in South Paris, Maine, and crew chief Mickey Green will bring his crew to Thunder Road again for the event.