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September 16, 2012


Clint Bowyer Chicago Race Summary

Clint Bowyer Race Summary: No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished 10th in Sunday’s 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started ninth and raced near the top 10 during the first half of the race. Bowyer pitted under green on lap 148 when a caution came out due to an incident on the backstretch. The caution put the No. 15 team a lap down in 16th, but they immediately returned to the lead lap with a wave around prior to the restart. Bowyer continued to battle in the second half of the race breaking into the top 10 on lap 163 and took the lead on lap 234. Bowyer led for six laps before giving up the lead for his final pit stop. Bowyer returned to the track in 14th following a two-tire stop on lap 239. With fresh tires for the final 28 laps, Bowyer raced his way to a top-10 finish.
Bowyer and the 5-hour ENERGY team return to action Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the second of NASCAR’S 12-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup. Bowyer is sixth in the Chase after the first of 10 races just 15 points out of first.
Started ninth and finished 10th

  • Sixth in points after the first of 10 Chase races and just 15 points behind the leader.
  • Earned a bonus point for leading six laps late in the race.
  • Posted his 16th top-10 in 2012.

BOWYER: “We were fast all weekend, but we need to do better if we want to win the championship. Today wasn’t our worst day, but it also wasn’t our best. We tried some things that we thought would put us in a good position, but just never clicked the way we were hoping. I know we are capable of more and that can be the most disappointing part. Overall we came out sixth in the points, the same place we started. I’ll try to make up some ground next week in New Hampshire.”

CHASE STANDINGS (After 1 of 10 races)
1.   Brad Keselowski   2056    Leader
2.   Jimmie Johnson   2053    -3
3.   Tony Stewart   2048   -8
4.   Denny Hamlin   2041   -15
5.   Kasey Kahne   2041   -15
6.   Clint Bowyer   2041   -15
7.   Dale Earnhardt Jr.   2039   -17
8.   Greg Biffle   2037   -19
9.   Martin Truex Jr.   2035   -21
10.   Kevin Harvick   2032   -24
11.   Matt Kenseth   2030   -26
12.   Jeff Gordon   2009   -47

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