Clint Bowyer Couldn’t Miss The Carnage At Kansas

Clint Bowyer
Date: Oct. 22, 2017

Event: Hollywood Casino 400 (Round 32 of 36)

Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Kansas Speedway in Kansas City (1.5-mile oval)

Format: 267 laps, broken into three stages (80 laps/80 laps/107 laps)

Start/Finish: 9th/19th (completed 267 of 267 laps)

Point Standing: 18th with 793 points

 

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

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

Stage 2 Winner: Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):

● Clint Bowyer started ninth and finished 14th.

● Raced as high as fifth by lap 44.

● Dropped to 14th after pit stop when his team elected to take four tires instead of two tires.

● Bowyer reported his rear grip seemed to go away in the later part of the stage.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):

● Started 12th and finished 11th.

● Bowyer moved to ninth at the lap-100 mark.

● Crew told Bowyer his lap times were one of the four best on the track.

● Made routine, green-flag pit stop on lap 123.

● Late caution created a one-lap shootout, and Bowyer missed a top-10 stage finish by inches.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 161-267):

● Started 18th and finished 19th.

● Bowyer pitted before the start of the stage and dropped to 18th.

● Stayed on the track during the caution at lap 177 and moved to fifth.

● Despite running at the front of the field, Bowyer’s chances for victory ended on lap 197 in a multicar crash coming off turn two.

● The No. 14 suffered significant damage, but the crew made repairs, after NASCAR lifted the red flag, to return Bowyer to the track.

● Bowyer’s wounded car maintained a respectable speed and finished the race.

● Sunday marked the third consecutive week Bowyer’s race has been ruined by another car’s accident.

 

Notes:

● There were 10 caution periods for a total of 49 laps.

● Twenty-two of the 40 drivers in the Hollywood 400 finished on the lead lap.

● Martin Truex Jr. won the Hollywood 400 to score his 14th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his seventh of the season and his second at Kansas.

● Truex leads the championship standings with 4,069 points and holds a 27-point advantage over his nearest pursuer, Kyle Busch.

 

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

“We had a pretty good Ford today and deserved a top-fve finish, but there just wasn’t anywhere to go in the wreck. My guys did a good job fixing us up so we could finish the race. I really wanted a good finish here in Kansas. We haven’t had a thing go right in three weeks, but there is a lot of racing left in the season. We’ve shown speed.”

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

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