Clint Bowyer has been relatively quiet in his nine starts this season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, with just one top-five finish (fourth at Bristol) and four top-10s. The Emporia, Kan., native currently sits in 12th place in the drivers’ point standings, and he knows he has to improve on that if he wants to be in the field in the season-ending Chase for the Cup come September.

This weekend at Talladega Superspeedway could be just the time and place for Bowyer if he wants to start his assault on the Sprint Cup leaders and move up on the driver leaderboard.

“I just want to get down there and hopefully have the same success we’ve had over the past couple of years,” Bowyer said earlier this week. “Talladega is good to me. I’ve had a lot of fun there, and I can’t think of anything bigger than a win in Talladega, Alabama, with the Alabama car.”