History tends to be a good indicator of the future. Understandably, many analysts said Richard Childress' Clint Bowyer would fail to make the chase.
Most, but not I.
On DTsgarage, I have my original prediction as him finishing third in the championship. In no way am I trying to brag, but Bowyer will be here throughout the season, and should finally be able to achieve a multi-win season.
What is it that has caused Bowyer to start off 2009 so strong?
There is one factor I can point out: Shane Wilson is calling the shots, not Gil Martin. I know Bowyer and Martin are good friends and had success together, but there were so many times that Martin's calls were questionable at best.
Looking at the 07 Jack Daniel's team, the one Bowyer vacated, they are not up to par with the rest of Richard Childress Racing. Casey Mears currently sits 25th in the driver standings, 10 places behind his nearest teammate, Jeff Burton.
Childress needs to look at maybe swapping Martin and Dan Deeringhoff, the crew chief for the No. 29 Nationwide Series team, even if only temporary.
On the contrary, a great example of Wilson's ability would be the Shelby 427 where the No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger-Helper Impala finished second. Bowyer has consistently been able to put his Chevrolets in contention for wins, but at times has lacked the foresight of a crew chief that understands strategies and set-ups.
Being from Kansas, I may be biased in writing this, but Bowyer won't be going away soon.
Even Childress, his car owner, had some pretty high praise for Bowyer, "I saw a young man that had a desire to win that reminded me of another driver I had for a quite a few years who started out with nothing and became one of the greatest race drivers. And that was Dale Earnhardt".
Indeed, he may not ever be able win the Sprint Cup that many times, but a champion he will be. Not to mention his nickname around here was "The Kid," which may remind you of the man currently leading Bowyer by 43 points, Jeff Gordon.