Date: June 28, 2020
Event: Pocono 350 (Round 15 of 36)
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Pocono (Pa.) Raceway (2.5-mile triangle)
Format: 140 laps, broken into three stages (30 laps/55 laps/55 laps)
Start/Finish: 14th/8th (Running, completed 140 of 140 laps)
Point Standing: 13th with 387 points, 194 out of first
Race Winner: Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: Kurt Busch of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)
Stage 2 Winner: Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford)
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-30):
● Clint Bowyer started 14th and finished 31st.
● Rain stopped the action on lap three for about 50 minutes.
● When racing resumed Bowyer ran in 15th-place and told his crew his car was loose.
●.With no chance to earn bonus points, the No. 14 Mobil 1 Ford pitted for four tires and fuel with just three laps left in the stage.
● Bowyer stayed on track during the stage break and moved from 31st to 15th when several leaders pitted.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 31-86):
● Bowyer started 15th and finished 12th.
● Bowyer continued to struggle with a loose Mobil 1 Ford Mustang, dropping to 19th in the stage’s opening laps.
● He avoided a spinning Christopher Bell on lap 39 and Chris Buescher on lap 44 in separate incidents.
● Bowyer remained on the track during both cautions and moved to ninth with 17 laps left in the stage.
● Kyle Busch’s crash with 10 laps left in the stage brought out the caution. Bowyer pitted for tires, fuel and more adjustments.
● Bowyer restarted the race in 14th with six laps left in the stage.
● He stayed on the track during the stage break and moved up to eighth.
Final Stage Recap (Laps 87-140):
● Bowyer started eighth and finished eighth.
● Bowyer climbed to fourth before pitting under green for right-side tires with 34 laps remaining.
● The No. 14 fell to 24th after the stop but turned his fastest lap of the race with 27 to go.
● Bowyer was 17th with 25 laps remaining and 10th with 12 to go.
● He and Alex Bowman battled fender-to-fender coming to the checkered flag with Bowyer claiming eighth.
● Bowyer earned his fifth top-10 of the season and his 13th top-10 in 30 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Pocono.
● Bowyer has finished on the lead lap in 25 consecutive Cup races at Pocono. The last time he failed to finish on the lead lap was June 8, 2008.
● This was Bowyer’s fifth straight top-11 at Pocono. He finished 11th in the series’ visit to the track last July – his only result outside the top-10 in his last four races at Pocono.
● Since joining SHR in 2017, Bowyer has not finished outside the top-20 at Pocono.
● Bowyer finished seventh in Saturday’s 325-mile race at Pocono.
● Denny Hamlin won the Pocono 350 to score his 41st career NASCAR Cup Series victory, his series-leading fourth of the season and his record-tying sixth at Pocono. His margin of victory over second-place Kevin Harvick was 3.068 seconds.
● There were eight caution periods for a total of 31 laps.
● Only 17 of the 40 drivers in the race finished on the lead lap.
● Harvick remains the championship leader after Pocono with a 52-point advantage over second-place Ryan Blaney.
Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:
“That was a tough race. We were just so loose today. By ourselves we were good and could turn in a good lap, but in traffic we struggled.”
The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 on Sunday, July 5 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race starts at 4 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
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