16 Mar Bristol Race Report
No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished 15th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. After a 2 ½ hour rain delay, the Michael Waltrip Racing driver started 15th and worked on the handling of his Toyota throughout the early part of the race. Rain returned at the lap 118 mark bringing out the red flag for 3 hours and 18 minutes. After the restart, the No. 15 team’s pit strategy enabled Bowyer to lead five laps. Cars with fresher tires dropped Bowyer from the lead and he lost a lap to the leaders on lap 255. Crew Chief Brian Pattie kept making adjustments enabling Bowyer to return to the lead lap with less than 75 laps to go and finish 15th. Bowyer and the No. 15 team return to action Sunday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.
- Started 15th and finished 15th.
- Led once for five laps.
- Went a lap down on lap 255.
- Regained his lap with less than 75 to go.
BOWYER: “Well, we salvaged a decent day for the 5-hour ENERGY Toyota. We were a lap down for a while and were able to come back and get a top 15 which isn’t bad for Bristol.”