CUP: Chase Bio — Clint Bowyer

CLINT BOWYER, Richard Childress RacingPoints position: 12th2010 season: 0 wins, 4 top-fives, 13 top-10sDefining moment: Chicago, Indianapolis runs

Clint Bowyer will roll into Saturday night’s Air Guard 400 at Richmond International Raceway with the final spot in the Chase close to being in his back pocket.

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He leads 13th-place Ryan Newman by 117 points and needs only a 28th-place finish to lock himself into the championship hunt.

“With a 117-point lead, that’s a pretty good pad,” Bowyer said. “With any luck at all, we’ll be in this thing. If we’re not, it was just not meant to be.”

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Bowyer has driven on the edge of the Chase virtually the entire season. He dropped from fifth to 12th in points after finishing 40th in the fifth race of the season at Bristol and has bounced around the Chase cutoff point since then.

He was 14th after the early July race at Daytona, but he put together two strong back-to-back efforts at Chicagoland and Indianapolis, finishing fourth in both races to solidify his position.

Bowyer also had important results recently, finishing fourth at Bristol and seventh at Atlanta last week as the Chase period loomed.

Bowyer, who has gone winless since May 2008, would be the third Richard Childress Racing driver in the Chase, joining Kevin Harvick (currently the point leader) and Jeff Burton.

“What we’ve got to get better at is getting the finish like my teammate Kevin Harvick has,” Bowyer said. “He’s done a great job at showing the potential of RCR cars all season long. If Jeff and I can match his success early in the season these last 10 races and put it together for 10 races, we’re going to have a shot at winning the championship at RCR.”

Mike Hembree is NASCAR Editor for and has been covering motorsports for 28 years. He has written several books on NASCAR, including "NASCAR: The Definitive History of America's Sport" and "Then Tony Said To Junior: The Best NASCAR Stories Ever Told". He is a six-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association Writer of the Year Award.