Clint Bowyer Grabs A Top 10 Finish At Pocono

Clint Bowyer
Date: July 30, 2017

Event: Overton’s 400 (Round 21 of 36)

Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Pocono Raceway (2.5-mile triangle)

Format: 160 laps, broken into three stages (50 laps/50 laps/60 laps)

Start/Finish: 7th/6th (Running, completed 160 of 160 laps)

Point Standing: 10th (577 points, 246 out of first)

 

Race Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Winner:  Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner: Clint Bowyer of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-50):

● Clint Bowyer started seventh, finished eighth to earn three race points.

● Fell back to 13th in opening laps because his car was loose in the corners.

● Told crew he needed to turn better, especially in first turn.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 51-100):

● Started ninth and finished first to earn 10 race points.

● Led the final five laps for his first stage victory of the season.

Climbed into the top-five for the first time on lap 66.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 101-160):

● Started 11th and finished sixth.

● Pitted under green with 35 laps remaining.

● Said his car was growing looser as the race neared the final laps.

● Climbed as high as fifth in the final stage before finishing sixth.

 

Notes:

● Bowyer scored his ninth top-10 finish of 2017.

● This was Bowyer’s 10th top-10 finish in 24 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Pocono.

●  Bowyer led five laps in Stage 2.

●  There were five caution periods for a total of 21 laps.

●  Kyle Busch won the Overton’s 400 to score his 39th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his first of the season and his first at Pocono.

●  Bowyer remains 17th in the 16-driver playoff standings just 17 points behind Matt Kenseth.

●  Martin Truex Jr. leads the championship standings with 823 points, holding a 87-point advantage over his nearest pursuer, Kyle Larson.

 

Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Nature’s Bakery/Feeding America Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“Our Ford was good all weekend. We unloaded a fast car. This is the best car that we’ve unloaded in quite some time. A little bit different build. Hopefully this is what we’re looking for, what I’m looking for, and build on this.”

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

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