June 23, 2013
Sonoma Race Report
Clint Bowyer Race Summary: No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished fifth in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Sonoma Raceway. Bowyer started fifth and immediately showed he had one of the fastest race cars on the track. The Michael Waltrip Racing team raced its way to third early in the race, before pit strategy came into play. Bowyer pitted on lap 33 and found himself back in the pack. Bowyer raced his way to fourth when he pitted under caution at lap 64 and restarted 13th. The No. 15 again showed that it had the speed to compete with the best on the racetrack when he worked his way back into the top-10. The final pit stop came on lap 85 and the No. 15 restarted 21st. With new tires and plenty of fuel, Bowyer raced his way up to a top-five finish over the final 35 laps. Bowyer remains third in the standings as the team returns to action next weekend with the No. 15 Toyota at Kentucky Speedway.
- Started fifth and finished fifth.
- Raced as high as third and as low as 27th.
- Consistently showed he was one of the fastest cars on the racetrack.
- Pitted on lap 85 for tires and fuel while in ninth, restarted 21st
- Raced from 21st to fifth in the final 35 laps.
- Remains third in standings.
BOWYER: “It was a good run. I felt like -- I still think we had the fastest car -- it’s just that jinx, man. That’s where it’s at -- nine different winners. I was trying to be patient in traffic. I knew my strong point was long runs and we just never got that opportunity to showcase -- never got in the lead. I think if we could have got in the lead we would have been dangerous. Just wasn’t our day. Another top-five. Another strong run for the boys.”
How do you feel about your teammate Martin Truex Jr. winning the race? “Super excited for Martin (Truex Jr.). It’s been a long time coming -- everybody knows that. For whatever reason, he’s had this terrible luck. So, really, really proud of him, Chad (Johnston, crew chief) and everybody on the NAPA Toyota. Like I said, it’s been a long time coming. Very happy for all of them.”
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