Nov 10, 2013
Phoenix Race Report
Clint Bowyer Race Summary: No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota Camry driver Clint Bowyer finished 20th in Sunday’s 500-kilometer NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started sixth and immediately reported handling issues and dropped to 12th. The No. 15 crew alternated between two- and four-tire pit stops throughout the race. During pit stop cycles, Bowyer climbed as high as fourth and dropped back to mid-pack when others stretched their fuel mileage. A caution with 30 laps to go saw Bowyer pit for left side tires and restart 15th. When the green flag fell he reported the car wouldn’t turn and raced in 20th at the checkered flag. The finish moves Bowyer to eighth of the 13 drivers in NASCAR’s 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup. Bowyer and the No. 15 team make their final start of the 2013 season at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday.
- Started sixth and finished 20th
- Reported handling issues in early going.
- Team alternated two- and four-tire pit stops.
- Pitted for lefts with 30 to go and fell from 15th to 20th.
- Now eighth in 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup.
- Makes final start of the season Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
BOWYER: “We struggled to get the 5-hour ENERGY Toyota to turn all afternoon. We tried different strategies to get off sequence and gain track position and that worked for most of the race and got us up closer to the front. We were really shooting for a top-five today to make up some ground before heading to Miami, but it just didn’t work out. We got caught in a tough spot when that last caution came out and we took two tires hoping to make up some ground. It just didn’t work the way we had planned. We’ll go to Homestead-Miami next week and try to finish the season on a strong note.”
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