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NASCAR Notes: Clint's just a game-show kind of guy

- rgreenjr@charlotteobserver.com; jutter@charlotteobserver.com
Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010

CONCORD, N.C. – Clint Bowyer recently took a break from his day job to make a visit to the set of “The Price Is Right.”

He appeared along with Truck series driver Austin Dillon in the end of show segment and the episode will air Nov. 15 on CBS.

Bowyer said he was struck by several things, including the dramatic weight loss of host Drew Carey, whom he didn’t initially recognize when he walked past. Bowyer was there when a woman won a car, adding to the experience.

“It’s amazing how growing up with that show just seems huge. It’s always when you go to those sets and things; it’s just unbelievable how small they really are,” Bowyer said. “They make it look so big on TV and, yet, it’s just one studio and it’s in and out and done in an hour.”

Asked if he could be a winning contestant on the show, based on guessing the price of various objects, Bowyer said he didn’t know. But he could feel the excitement, even watching from behind the scenes.

“When those people come down there, it’s completely random and I’m telling you, they are wound up,” Bowyer said. “They do a great job with it.”

COMBINE COMING: Beginning Sunday, 35 drivers from 18 states, Mexico and Puerto Rico will showcase their skill at the seventh annul Drive for Diversity Combine at the Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va.

The drivers, ranging in age from 16 to 26, hope to earn a spot on the Revolution Racing team that will again field teams in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East and Whelen All-American series.

The drivers attending the combine will be evaluated on multiple fronts including on-track performance, marketing and media aptitude, physical fitness, personality and more.

Among the drivers participating are seven from the Carolinas, including Katrina Canney of Charlotte, Trey Gibson of Easley, S.C.; Amanda Lynch of Greenville, S.C.; Clint Mills of Indian Trail, Tayla Orleans of Randleman, Matthew Piercy of Conover; and Darrell Wallace Jr. of Concord.

SPORTSWRITER DIES: A memorial service for jack Flowers will be held in the NASCAR Nationwide Series garage at Charlotte Motor Speedway at 6:10 p.m. on Saturday.

The chance to remember Flowers, who spent nearly four decades covering NASCAR and had worked recently in the speedway media center during race weekends, will follow the Motor Racing Outreach service. Flower, 72, died Monday at his Concord home.

He is survived by his son, Greg Flowers of Orlando, Fla., and his half-brother, Allen Gibbs Jr. of Moultrie, Ga.

RUNNING LATE: Tony Stewart became victim of the bridge closing on Popular Tent Road in Cabarrus County on Thursday when he was forced to take a detour to reach the speedway on his way to Cup practice.

Stewart actually arrived before practice started but was not in yet in uniform and the delay cost him about 10 minutes of practice on the track.

The N.C. Department of Transportation closed a section of Poplar Tent Road at Cox Mill Road for 16 days beginning last weekend for a construction project.

BANQUET BROADCAST: Speed TV officials confirmed Thursday the network will begin broadcasting the Cup series annual postseason awards this season. The banquet is set for Dec. 3 at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas.

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