Drafting with a winner

The helmet of Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 Aaron's/Alabama National Champions Toyota, sits on his car in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 4, 2012 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)
The helmet of Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 Aaron's/Alabama National Champions Toyota, sits on his car in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 4, 2012 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Clint Bowyer won two of the last three races at Talladega with Richard Childress Racing. Now Bowyer drives for Michael Waltrip Racing, and Martin Truex Jr. is happy to have him as a teammate.

“To have a teammate that is obviously a proven winner on plate tracks — somebody that I have confidence in that, if we can get hooked up together, he’s going to do the right things — that’s really, really cool,” said Truex, who enters Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 fifth in the Cup standings, 22 points behind leader Greg Biffle.

“We worked very well together at Daytona (in the season-opening Daytona 500), and that was the first time we had been teammates at a restrictor-plate track. I expect that this time it will be a little but easier. We’ll both be a little bit more comfortable and kind of understand the way each other does things. That should make for a better tandem if we’re able to do it long enough at the end.”

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