CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Clint Bowyer joked about what he would do if he wins his first NASCAR All-Star race on Saturday night and its $1 million prize.
“A lot,” Bowyer said with a big smile.
NASCAR’s funnyman took a big step toward making that celebration a reality by edging out Kyle Busch to capture the pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday night, leaving him jacked up.
“It is a million dollars and I don’t care if you are Warren Buffett or the guy that is going to pick up the grandstands after tonight’s race, a million dollars is a million dollars,” Bowyer said. “If you think it doesn’t mean anything different to me than it does to you, you’re crazy.”
The 39-year-old Bowyer’s best finish in an All-Star race was a second-place finish in 2011.
Bowyer hasn’t been the strongest at qualifying.
His last pole in a Cup Series points race came in 2007 — an ongoing string of 417 races.
But he got it done in this non-points race.
Bowyer completed three qualifying laps and one four-tire pit stop in 1 minute, 58.794 seconds to edge out Busch, who was seeking his fourth career All-Star pole.
“We put ourselves…