Sep 1, 2013
Atlanta Race Report
Clint Bowyer Race Summary: No. 15 Toyota Camry driver Clint Bowyer finished 39th in Sunday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started 12th and didn’t wait long to show he had the best car on the track taking over the lead on lap 140. Bowyer built a several second lead logging more than 40 laps at the front of the field. He held an eight-second lead on lap 163 and coupled with Jimmie Johnson’s issues appeared ready to take over the point lead at the end of the race. But an engine issue forced Bowyer to the garage ending his night with a 39th-place finish. The No. 15 remains second to Johnson trailing him by 28 points. Bowyer returns to action Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway.
- Started 12th finished 39th
- Led 47 laps.
- Midway through race, with Jimmie Johnson’s problems, it appeared Bowyer would take over point lead.
- Led race by eight seconds on lap 163 when engine problems sent No. 15 to garage.
- Trails Johnson by 28 points with only Richmond left before start of 2013 Chase.
BOWYER: “You know, it’s part of it. I mean everybody has engine issues. We’re pushing hard for the Chase to try to win a championship -- certainly on the engine category, with our chassis, everything. Real proud of (Brian) Pattie (crew chief) and all the gang. We were off a little bit. I think we were probably a sixth or fifth-place car yesterday. I told them all to make some adjustments and go for a win. And as soon as the track got going into the night there we gained some grip and our car really took off. It was ours to lose and unfortunately we found a way to lose. I’m going to have a beer.”
Are you disappointed after the engine issue? “Yeah, that was a super big bummer right there. Man, our RK Toyota was so fast. Why did it have to happen this weekend? That’s the biggest thing. It’s part of motorsports. Everybody at TRD -- it’s been a rough weekend -- they do such a great job. There’s a reason we’re up front -- it’s because they’re building big horsepower pushing for the Chase and trying to learn as much as we can for the Chase. We learned a lot with this car -- it was off a little bit in practice and real proud of (Brian) Pattie (crew chief) for making some adjustments there and getting me where I need to be. This -- it’s a shame.”
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