Oct 20, 2013
Talladega Race Report
Clint Bowyer Race Summary: No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota Camry driver Clint Bowyer finished 10th in Sunday’s 500-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started 20th after rain cancelled qualifying on Saturday. The No. 15 Toyota immediately dropped to the back of the field to avoid any potential early race wrecks. Bowyer raced his way through the field and into the lead by halfway to collect a bonus point. Bowyer raced the No. 15 into the top-five on several occasions during the second half of the race, but would fall back to regroup if he found himself surrounded by cars that could trigger a multi-car accident. In the closing laps, Bowyer raced in 23rd waiting for the usual Talladega “Big One” that never came. With less than five laps remaining Bowyer raced to make up as much ground and he could as the pack ran single file. A last lap wreck involving three cars moved Bowyer from 14th to 10th as the race ended under caution. Bowyer is eighth of 13 drivers and trails point leader Jimmie Johnson by 57 points after the sixth of 10 races in NASCAR’s 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup. Bowyer and the 5-hour ENERGY team returns to action Sunday at Martinsville Speedway.
- Started 20th and finished 10th
- Dropped to the back for the first half of the race.
- Worked his way to the front and led lap 94 to collect a bonus point.
- Dropped back to 23rd with less than 20 laps to go hoping to miss the “big one” which never came.
- Raced from 14th to 10th on the last lap
- Ranked eighth in championship points trailing leader Jimmie Johnson by 57 points with four races remaining
BOWYER: “We had a fast 5-hour ENERGY Toyota all weekend. We did our best to stay out of trouble and be as patient as we could, but in the end it just didn’t work out like we thought it would. We led some laps and I thought for sure we would get a late caution, but everyone behaved themselves and it took us a bit by surprise. It wasn’t what we wanted for the day, but our car is in one piece, I’m in one piece and we can move on to Martinsville.”
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