Clint Bowyer Finishes 13th In The All-Star Race

Clint Bowyer
Date: May 20, 2017

Event: Monster Energy Open and Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race (non-points event)

Series: Monster Energy  NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)

Open Format: 50 laps, broken into three stages (20 laps/20 laps/10 laps)

All-Star Format: 70 laps, broken into four stages (20 laps/20 laps /20 laps /10 laps)

All-Star Start/Finish: 17th/13th (Running, completed 60 of 70 laps)


Open Winners:          

Stage 1: Clint Bowyer of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

Stage 2: Ryan Blaney of Wood Brothers Racing (Ford)

Stage 3: Daniel Suarez of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)


All-Star Winners:      

Stage 1: Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 2: Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 3: Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 4: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)


Monster Energy  NASCAR Open

Stage 1 Recap (Ended at Lap 20):

Started first, finished first.

Bowyer led all 20 laps in Stage 1 to earn his way into the All-Star Race.

Marked third time in four years Bowyer advanced into the All-Star Race through the Open. The victory allowed him to sit out Stages 2 and 3.


Monster Energy  NASCAR All-Star Race

Stage 1 Recap (Ended at Lap 20):

Started 17th, finished 12th.

Bowyer said the car was too loose, lacked rear grip.

Crew made major chassis changes at the end of the stage.


Stage 2 Recap (Ended at Lap 40):

Started 11th, finished ninth.

The No. 14 crew put on the faster option tires for the stage.

Bowyer reported his car was too tight at the beginning of the run.


Stage 3 Recap (Ended at Lap 60):

Started first, finished 13th.

Bowyer moved to the front of the field after a two-tire stop combining prime and option tires.

Handling problems kept Bowyer from staying at the front of the field.


Stage 4 Recap (Ended at Lap 70):

Only the top-10 average finishes competed in the fourth and final stage. Bowyer’s average finish was just outside the top-10.


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

“Winning in the Open was a lot of fun. We had a good car tonight; our Haas Automation Ford was strong, and I’m just proud to be a part of it. In the All-Star Race you just couldn’t pass. It was tough. We gambled with two tires in Stage 3 and almost made it work. I think we’ll be really good next week in the 600.”


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