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.
● 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.”
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!