There Was No Joy At Charlotte For Clint Bowyer

Clint Bowyer

Date: Oct. 8, 2017

Event: Bank of America 500 (Round 30 of 36)

Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

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

Format: 334 laps, broken into three stages (90 laps/90 laps/154 laps)

Note:  Race ended in overtime, going three laps past its scheduled 334-lap distance

Start/Finish: 5th/27th (Running, completed 335 of 337 laps)

Point Standing: 17th with 760 points

 

Race Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Furniture Row Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Winner:  Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

Stage 2 Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-90):

● Clint Bowyer started fifth, finished 38th.

● “The front end isn’t happy at all,” he told the crew at the lap-30 mark after fading to ninth.

● On lap 43 Ryan Newman drifted into the No. 14, forcing Bowyer into the turn-two wall.

● The No. 14 dropped to 31st as Bowyer pitted for major repairs, but he remained on the lead lap.

● Tire issues forced Bowyer to pit under green on lap 89, dropping him two laps behind the leader in 38th.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 91-180):

● Started 38th and finished 29th.

● Crew continued to make repairs before the beginning of the stage.

● Took the wave-around on lap 139 and regained one of the two laps lost to the leader.

● Returned to two laps down when passed by the leader in the closing laps of the stage.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 181-334):

● Started 29th, finished 27th.

● Bowyer fell three laps down during the stage but regained a lap as the race wound down.

 

Notes:

● There were 10 caution periods for a total of 44 laps.

● Twenty-four of the 40 drivers in the Bank of America 500 finished on the lead lap.

● Martin Truex Jr. won the Bank of America 500 to score his 13th career NASCAR Cup Series victory, his series-leading sixth of the season and his second at Charlotte. His margin of victory over second-place Chase Elliott was .911 of a second.

 

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

“That was a pretty joyless day. We had a lot of damage early, so it seemed like we were making repairs on the car and playing catch-up pretty much from the start.”

 

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Alabama 500 on Sunday, Oct. 15 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

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

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