HAYS, Kansas — There is always something comfortable and familiar about returning home. And although Clint Bowyer had never raced the Rolling Plains Speedway in Hays before Tuesday night, returning to the dirt tracks in his home state of Kansas, was still like a homecoming.
"It's what we grew up doing," said Bowyer. "It's always fun to come back an revisit how you grew up, you know. It me I'm like a kid in a candy store."
Ken Schrader agrees. Though he is from Missouri, not from Kansas, he first visited RPM three years ago. And he jumped at the chance to return to his Midwestern dirt track roots.
"It's just a good Midwestern dirt track," said Schrader.
Schrader and Bowyer are just two of a growing number of Sprint Cup series drivers that enjoy racing on dirt tracks in their spare time. With the pressure off and the spotlight some what dimmer, it's a really chance for them to get back to what they love to do, and that's race.