Clint Bowyer Almost Took Home The Hardware In The Coke Zero 400

Clint Bowyer & Matt Kenseth
Date: July 1, 2017

Event: Coke Zero 400 (Round 17 of 36)

Series: Monster EnergyNASCAR Cup Series

Location: Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (2.5-mile oval)

Format: 160 laps, broken into three stages (40 laps/40 laps/80 laps)

Start/Finish: 11th/2nd (Running, completed 163 of 163 laps)

Point Standing: 10th (469 points, 198 out of first)

 

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

Stage 1 Winner: Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 2 Winner: Matt Kenseth of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-40):

● Clint Bowyer started 11th and finished fourth to earn seven stage points.

● Bowyer battled his way into the top-five by lap six.

● Ran as high as second and ran in and around the top-five for the majority of the stage.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 41-80):

● Started eighth, finished 29th.

● Bowyer began the stage battling among the top-five.

● Bowyer fell out of the pack during the middle of Stage 2 and was pushed toward the back of the field.

● During a lap-71 caution, Bowyer pitted for four tires, fuel and track bar adjustments, then pitted again on lap 74 to top off on fuel.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 81-163):

● Started 10th, finished second.

● After a multicar accident on lap 106, Bowyer opted not to pit and restarted his No. 14 Mobil 1 Ford Fusion in first place.

● Bowyer ran in and around the top-five until accident on lap 154. He restarted in the seventh position.

● A caution on lap 159 pushed the race into overtime. Bowyer restarted in the fifth position and clawed his way to second.

 

Notes:

●  This was Bowyer’s fourth top-five and 12th top-10 in 24 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Daytona.

●  Bowyer earned his third top-two, fourth top-five and seventh top-10 of 2017 with his second-place finish at Daytona.

●  This was Bowyer’s second consecutive second-place finish. He finished second last week at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway.

●  There were 14 caution periods for a total of 51 laps.

●  Twenty-one of the 40 drivers in the Coke Zero 400 presented by Coca-Cola finished on the lead lap.

●  Kyle Larson leads the championship standings with 667 points and has an 18-point margin over his nearest pursuer, Martin Truex Jr.

 

Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1 Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“Wow, what a night. A fun race. Our Mobil 1 Ford was strong. I got shuffled out on that second stage, and that bummed me out. I wanted those stage points. It wasn’t that big of a deal because I knew that we had a hot rod to get back up front. Man, it’s just every man for himself. You’re beating and banging both sides of the car. It was a good night. These bridesmaid finishes suck. I want to win. We’re in this business to win. That’s what Tony (Stewart) and Gene (Haas) pay me to do. I’m proud of everyone on the Mobil 1 Ford team.”

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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