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R. Mark Stiles

R. Mark Stiles

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From the Great Bridge section of Chesapeake, Virginia, R. Mark Stiles, the owner, news director & editor in chief of Catchfence,™ has been dedicated to auto racing news media coverage, journalism and reporting for almost 17-years. Stiles started in the industry in the fall of 1997 with two columns (Green Flag Black Flag and Breaking Loose) for AOL/Athlete Direct's NASCAR department (ADNASCAR). He later merged Green Flag Black Flag and became the news director with Ryan Seek's CatchFence in 1999. At the beginning of 2001, Stiles went full-time with Catchfence, served as an assistant to the now retired Voice of Daytona Int'l Speedway chief track announcer, Bill Bowser, and In 2005 he acquired full ownership of Catchfence.

Jul 29
Tuesday

Clint Bowyer – Looking to Find Turn 4

Filed under Sprint Cup Series

2014 NSCS Driver Clint Bowyer Climbs From His No. 15 RK Motors Charlotte Toyota Camry - Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images
2014 NSCS Driver Clint Bowyer Climbs From His No. 15 RK Motors Charlotte Toyota Camry - Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images
CORNELIUS, N.C. —  Pocono Raceway is unique in many ways, most prominently its lack of a fourth corner in the configuration of its race track. The Sprint Cup Series travels to the Pennsylvania track for the second and final time this season.

At the circuit’s visit in June, Clint Bowyer was on his way to what appeared to be a top-five finish when another competitor lost his engine on a late-race restart. Bowyer lost valuable positions in the closing laps trying to avoid contact to finish 11th. However, that run coupled with a Toyota that hung with the leaders last weekend at Indianapolis, should bode well for Bowyer and the No.15 RK Motors Toyota this weekend at the 2.5-mile triangle.

The Michael Waltrip Racing driver is currently ranked 10th in driver points and 14th out of 16 n the field for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. A win this weekend would help solidify his position in the Chase. The Kansas native would like nothing more than to make a fourth turn on the final lap of Sunday’s 160-lap event, right into Victory Lane.

Are you looking forward to going back to Pocono?

“I’m ready to go back to Pocono. It was actually looking like we may have a top five there in June but Logano blew up in front of us with like 10 laps to go and I lost spots trying to get out of the way. Just our luck this year. But the good news is our Toyota was good and it should be again this weekend.”

Is Indianapolis a good indicator of who will be good this weekend?

“It usually is and I hope so this weekend for us. We had a shot at the win last weekend. Just a frustrating end of the race for us. (Brian) Pattie gave me a good car. We just had some things go wrong on pit road at the end– got grass on my grill. Again, frustrating but we ran up front all day and hopefully that will translate again this weekend.” 

CHASSIS

Chassis No. 809 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Pocono. This chassis raced at Kansas in May where Bowyer finished 23rd and Pocono in June where he finished 11th. Chassis No. 795 serves as the back-up chassis and has served as the backup at several races but has never raced. 

NO. 15 CREW ROSTER

 Brian Pattie Crew Chief
Brandon Hopkins Front Tire Changer
Richard Coleman Front Tire Carrier
Lee Cunningham Rear Tire Changer
PJ Briody Rear Tire Carrier
Brian Chase Jack Man
Evan Marchal Gas Man
Billy Curwood Car Chief
Chris Sherwood Interior Mechanic
Brett Griffin Spotter
Dax Gerringer Race Engineer
Tim O’Brien 2nd Engineer
Adam Cooke Shock Specialist
J.D. Frey Front Mechanic
Travis Stock Rear Mechanic
Andrew Beason Tire Specialist
Gregg Huls Engine Tuner
Chris Valverde Engine Engineer
Ray Erwin Truck Driver
Jeff Shano 2nd Truck Driver

POCONO STATS

  • One top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 17 starts
  • Completed 2,997 of 3,048 laps (98.3%) and has led 91 laps
  • Average start 18.5 and average finish 14.8
  • No DNFs (did not finish)
Race Site Start Finish Laps Status Led
2006-14 Pocono 42 21 200/200 running 8
2006-20 Pocono 14 41 194/200 running 0
2007-14 Pocono 5 10 106/106 running 0
2007-21 Pocono 15 8 200/200 running 1
2008-14 Pocono 35 39 155/200 running 0
2008-21 Pocono 30 6 200/200 running 0
2009-14 Pocono 16 12 200/200 running 0
2009-21 Pocono 16 3 200/200 running 23
2010-14 Pocono 2 9 204/204 running 59
2010-21 Pocono 40 15 200/200 running 0
2011-14 Pocono 12 16 200/200 running 0
2011-21 Pocono 14 18 200/200 running 0
2012-14 Pocono 16 6 160/160 running 0
2012-21 Pocono 19 8 98/98 running 0
2013-14 Pocono 3 15 160/160 running 0
2013-21 Pocono 16 14 160/160 running 0
2014-14 Pocono 19 11 160/160 running 0

NOTES:

  • RK Motors is one of the most innovative collector car retailers in the U.S. Their state-of-the-art, 60,000 sq. ft. showroom has become a destination for serious collectors from all over the world. They have restored some of the most legendary carsto ever prowl the pavement and those cars have gone on to collect trophies at some of the largest car shows in the country. Leading the industry with their consignment and sales program and the RKM Performance Center, their core mission is to make buying, selling, maintaining, or building your dream car as simple as possible. www.rkmotorscharlotte.com

Source: Michael Waltrip Racing

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