Oct 20, 2013
Clint Bowyer Race Summary: No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota Camry driver Clint Bowyer finished third in Sunday’s 500-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started fifth and raced in the top-10 in the early going before assuming the lead before the halfway mark. Bowyer led twice for 60 laps during the race never leaving the top-10 except during pit stop cycles. In the closing laps, Bowyer charged from sixth to third battling with second-place finisher Matt Kenseth on the last lap. Bowyer owns three consecutive top-five finishes on the flat, Virginia, half-mile track. The finish moves Bowyer from eighth to sixth of the 13 drivers with three races remaining in NASCAR’s 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup. Bowyer trails point leaders Jimmie Johnson and Kenseth by 55 points. Bowyer and the 5-hour ENERGY team return to action Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.
- Started fifth and finished third
- Raced in the top-10 for the first half of the race
- Led twice for 60 laps during the race.
- Owns three consecutive top-five finishes at Martinsville.
- Moves from eighth to sixth in championship points trailing leaders by 55 points with three races remaining
BOWYER: “Just not enough man. We were so good in practice. Really, really strong in practice our 5-hour ENERGY Toyota. I was super optimistic, but it just wasn’t our day. We worked very hard to get where we were. I’m proud of (Brian) Pattie (crew chief). Just frustrating. I was really looking forward to this race. I thought this was one that we’d have a legit shot at winning at and just come up a little short.”
How strong was the race car?
“We were good, but we weren’t good enough. This has been one of our best tracks. As good as we were in practice, we tried not to mess with it too much and we ended up too tight. I was just too bound up in the center of the corner. No excuses. We ran a good race, we worked hard -- got my car way better at the end. Just wasn’t good enough.”
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