The Backstretch Blog's Top 16 in '18: No. 15 Clint Bowyer

CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 20: Clint Bowyer, driver of the #14 Haas Automation Ford, stands on the grid during the Monster Energy NASCAR Open Qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 20, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

Now that the other "Super Bowl" is over, we can now turn our attention to the big event in February that gets us racing fans excited, the Daytona 500. Two weeks from today we will know who the winner will be and between now and then I'll be picking the 16 drivers I think will make NASCAR's postseason and at least give you a little insight into the drivers to watch this season.

Number 15- Clint Bowyer, Stewart-Haas Racing

If you plotted Clint Bowyer's 13 year cup career out on a graph, it would look exactly like a roller coaster. Honestly it has been just that. He's finished in the top 10 in points five times in his career, including a career best finish of second in 2012. But it has been all down hill from there. Even last season with the promise of his move to Stewart-Haas racing ended with a disappointing 18th place points finish.

This year though has the potential to be different. Bowyer is in a stable car, with the same team for the first time probably since that second place run at the points in 2012. He has two teammate who are former champs and Stewart-Haas Racing knows how to win races and championships. Bowyer is an excellent plate racer, he's good on the short tracks and the road courses. There's no reason why he shouldn't win a race and get into the playoffs this season.

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