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SONOMA, CA - JUNE 20: Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, is presented with the Great Clips Fast Friday trophy after practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 20, 2014 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
SONOMA, CA - JUNE 20:  Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, is presented with the Great Clips Fast Friday trophy after practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 20, 2014 in Sonoma, California.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
SONOMA, CA – JUNE 20: Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, is presented with the Great Clips Fast Friday trophy after practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 20, 2014 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

SONOMA, Calif. –Michael Waltrip Racing has won the last two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Sonoma Raceway.

To hear Clint Bowyer tell it, that track record and $20 might buy you breakfast at the nearby Carneros Inn.

With NASCAR’s new rules package this year, the race setups that carried Bowyer to victory in 2012 and Martin Truex Jr.to the winner’s circle last year aren’t of much use in 2014, Bowyer acknowledged.

“Things evolve so much with this new rule package, that setup won’t even qualify for this weekend’s race,” he said. “The very setup that won the last two races just won’t… it won’t compete. So I do dig that about this sport. You have to be able to keep up with the times and keep pushing forward and figuring out ways to keep forward drive in the cars and then keep turning it.”

Bowyer and crew chief Brian Pattie must have found some answers for the new configuration. The No. 15 MWR Toyota was second fastest behind Kurt Busch’s No. 41 Chevrolet in opening Sprint Cup practice.

In Friday’s second practice, Bowyer paced the field at 95.988 mph.

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.