Richard Childress' Drivers Putting Their Names on the Line
Starting next Saturday in the Nationwide Series Camping World 300, the three drivers sharing the Richard Childress Racing No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet will begin another year of battling the competition.
They will also go to battle with each other.
Clint Boywer, Stephen Leicht and Jeff Burton has placed a bet with each other that mirrors the childhood game, whatever-you-can-do-I-can-do-better.
Whomever of the three drivers that scores the most wins between February and July will get their name above the driver's side window for the remaining part of the year—whether they're driving the car or not.
Apparently, the three were at a photo shoot together when Bowyer, who was scarfing down a couple of cinnamon buns, noticed that Burton's name was the one on the car when all three of them drive it. This prompted Burton to say, "If you have a problem, beat me on the track and you can have your name on the car."
Leicht then decided to get in on the action when he discovered that in his contract it said it was his car too and he wants his name on it.
NASCAR has approved the competition and the bet.
Burton will drive the car in seven events during the 17 race stretch and he starts things off with next Saturday's season opener. Bowyer will drive in six and Leicht in four events.
|Feb. 14||Daytona||C. Bowyer|
|Feb. 21||Fontana||J. Burton|
|Feb. 28||Las Vegas||J. Burton|
|March 21||Bristol||C. Bowyer|
|April 4||Texas||J. Burton|
|April 11||Nashville||S. Leicht|
|April 17||Phoenix||J. Burton|
|April 25||Talladega||C. Bowyer|
|May 1||Richmond||J. Burton|
|May 8||Darlington||J. Burton|
|May 23||Charlotte||J. Burton|
|May 30||Dover||C. Bowyer|
|June 6||Nashville||S. Leicht|
|June 13||Kentucky||S. Leicht|
|June 20||Milwaukee||S. Leicht|
|June 27||Loudon||C. Bowyer|
|July 3||Daytona||C. Bowyer|
"I plan on taking advantage of this opportunity to proving the young guys wrong," Burton said. "I know I can get it done and I'm going to give it my all to prove that in the first half of the year."
Burton has 27 career wins in the Nationwide Series.
Bowyer, the defending Nationwide Series Champion driving the No. 2 BB&T Chevrolet and has six career wins, was also boasting.
"I can't wait to see Stephen and Jeff's face when they have to stare at my name the rest of the year," he said. "I'm going to win because it adds so much fuel to the fire. I have to win because it's my incentive not to see their names staring back at me on the weekends I'm driving."
As for Leicht who has one career win, he took a different approach.
"There is no way any person can deny the accomplishments that Burton has had in the Nationwide Series," he said. "He has done it all here as the now 'elder' guy on the team, but it's now my time to shine. I think that with this awesome opportunity to drive the No. 29, I can prove him wrong and gain his respect when he's looking at my name above the door."
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