Tire Damage Dampens Bowyer’s Day At Talladega

Clint Bowyer
Date: May 7, 2017

Event: Geico 500 (Round 10 of 36)

Series: Monster EnergyNASCAR Cup Series

Location: Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (2.66-mile oval)

Format: 188 laps, broken into three stages (55 laps/55 laps/78 laps)

Start/Finish: 17th/14th (Running, completed 191 of 191 laps)

Point Standing: 9th (289 points, 139 out of first)

Race Winner: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. of Roush Fenway Racing (Ford) in overtime


Stage 1 Recap (Ended at Lap 55):

Started 17th, finished 13th.

Climbed to seventh in opening laps before a fuel-only stop on lap 17 moved Bowyer to the lead.

Led eight laps during segment, the first laps the No. 14 has led this season.


Stage 2 Recap (Ended at Lap 110):

Started 11th, finished 28th.

Lap-84 pit stop moved Bowyer to seventh.

Bowyer led two laps in Stage 2 before he was shuffled out of the draft in closing laps to finish 28th.


Final Stage Recap (Ended at Lap 188):

Started 35th after uncontrolled-tire penalty on pit stop before green flag.

Restarted the race in 19th with 24 laps remaining after pitting for four tires and fuel under caution.

Raced in the top-five in the closing laps, but tire damage forced a pit stop, dropping Bowyer to 23rd to begin overtime.



Avoided by inches a 16-car wreck with 19 to go.

Bowyer has now led 2,348 laps in his career.


Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:    

“It was an up and down day for us. We had a really fast Ford Fusion, and I wish we could have had a chance to be up there racing with those guys in the end. But it was cool to lead some laps again.”


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