February 28, 2012
Daytona 500 Race Report
Clint Bowyer Race Summary: No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished 11th in Monday’s rain-and-fire delayed Daytona 500. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver moved from 30th into the top-15 following a multi-car wreck on lap two. He continued his march toward the front running in the top 10 and frequently jumping into the top five. He raced in fifth on lap 128 when he ran out of gas coming to pitlane. He fell two laps behind the leaders. For the rest of the race Bowyer fought to regain the lost ground. Juan Montoya’s accident with a track jet dryer and the subsequent fire delayed the race more than two hours. Bowyer finally climbed back on the lead lap with 12 laps remaining. He raced hard on the green-white-checkered finish taking the checkered flag between teammates Mark Martin and Martin Truex Jr. for 10th, 11th and 12th. The 5-hour ENERGY team returns to action Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway.
- Started 30th and finished 11th.
- Raced in the top-five from lap 70 until lap 128.
- Ran out of fuel on lap 128 and fell two laps down.
- Received the Aaron’s Lucky Dog on lap 177 and again on lap
188 to get back on the lead lap.
- Monday marked Bowyer’s first race with 5-hour ENERGY®
and Michael Waltrip Racing.
Bowyer Quotes: “The 5-hour ENERGY Toyota was having a great night there until just past halfway. We moved up the field pretty quick and then we were just racing waiting for the right opportunity. I liked the position that we were in and I was just hoping that I could hold my position until it was time to go. Unfortunately we never got the chance. I’m not sure exactly what happened, but for some reason we ran out of fuel. My team never gave up and we were able to get back on the lead lap. Heck, I thought we had a shot there at the end. All in all a really good run for us considering everything we encountered.”