CountDown to daytona: 41

January 14, 2013, Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service,

There are 41 days left before the Feb. 24, 2013 Daytona 500; hence, today’s number is: 41.

The number of career top-five finishes recorded by Clint Bowyer, who drove the No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota to a second-place finish in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings. Two of Bowyer’s top-fives have come at Daytona International Speedway, where the Kansas native posted back-to-back fourth-place results in the 2009 and 2010 Daytona 500s. Always competitive at restrictor-plate tracks, Bowyer typically runs better at Daytona than his average finish of 15.8 might suggest.