Bowyer Added Another Top Ten At Pocono

Clint Bowyer

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.

Notes:

● 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.”

Next Up:

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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