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Outlook for 2014: After a tumultuous end to the 2013 season saw Martin Truex get booted from the Chase thanks to shenanigans at Richmond, the team is eager for a fresh start in '14. Truex has moved to Furniture Row Racing, and Waltrip and Burton will run only a part time schedule in the No. 66, so this is essentially a two car team. Vickers has been cleared for a fullfull wholesale Canadiens cheap jerseys season after battling blood clots. The team increased its engineering budget by 15 percent and devoted all its testing resources to tracks that make up the first third of the season. They want wins early, particularly given the new Chase format that prioritizes trips to victory lane.
Despite being a competitive racer, Bowyer has never had an average start of better than 12.8 in a season. He's captured only two poles and none since 2007 in eight years as a full time Sprint Cup driver.
"I have more poles than that," car owner Michael Waltrip said, "and I'm not even a very good driver."
Few, then, were more excited than Bowyer to see NASCAR change its qualifying format starting with the second race of 2014. Drivers will now run multiple laps of group qualifying, with cuts made after each round.
"There's no way of getting around it: Our Fridays were somewhat stale," Bowyer said. "I think it's going to add a new element of excitement. Who knows what's going to happen?
"Moving through those segments, you're going to see people make a quick adjustment and tune themselves right into the game, or more importantly, maybe tune themselves right out of the game."
Once the race starts, Bowyer is hoping his performance is closer to 2012 than last year. The runner up to Brad Keselowski for the Cup title two years ago, he slipped to seventh in points during a controversy filled second half of last season.
Tireless testing and increased investment by the team in engineering have Bowyer believing he can get back near the top.
"Our workwork wholesale cheap Canadiens jerseys is done," Bowyer said. "We're ready to go. Maybe that's because we backed up to two [full time] teams, but that's the first time in my whole career I'veI've wholesale cheap Canadiens jerseys china ever walked into the shop at this time of year and everybody's working on just finessing things, massaging things to get ready for the season and not just wholesale thrashing literally to just get the car to the racetrack.
"That excites me. It tells me that we're ready as a race team."
Bowyer had a career high three wins in 2012 but didn't find victory lane in '13. His next victory will be his ninth in the Cup Series.
"Really looking forward to starting over," Bowyer said. "A lot of things that are going to be new, a lot of new challenges. Anytime that we have new within our sport, I think it opens up an opportunity to beat others to the punch, and I feel like we're ready to do that."
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