Twelve drivers, ten races, one championship, who will be the last man standing?
Clint Bowyer held of a rapidly depleting fuel cell, as well as a very hard charging Denny Hamlin, to log his first Sprint Cup victory of the 2010 race season. Bowyer ended an 81 race drought with quite an exclamation point by winning the first race of the Chase, The Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
For the last ten races, Bowyer’s team had been flying well under the radar. By most pundits analysis, his team was not supposed to pose a threat for the current crop of favorites, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin. Therefore, there was no pressure on this team to perform during The Chase races. However with this victory, it has propelled the RCR #33 Cheerios Chevy 10 places, moving them up from 12th place into 2nd place in the standings!
Bowyer dominated the first two-thirds of the race leading 174 of the first 202 laps, but then fell back to the back of the top ten pack of cars. Then with a long final 54 laps of green flag racing to the checkered flag, Bowyer was able to race his car back up to second place, behind race leader Tony Stewart.
Stewart and Bowyer elected not to stop during the last yellow flag, their crew chiefs figuring that it would be tight on fuel, nevertheless, both elected to attempt to stretch out their fuel consumption in order to make it to the checkered flag. Unfortunately, with just two laps to go, the race leader Tony Stewart runs out of gas, allowing Bowyer to inherit the lead and ultimately win the race!
Here is the unofficial results of the Sylvania 300.
With the Louden race now in the books here is the unofficial Chase standings.
Twelve drivers, now nine races, one championship, who will be the last man standing?
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!