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Kickin The Tires

Clint Bowyer Steals 2nd Place in Bristol Chaos

Photo by Nigel Kinrade Photography

By: Zach Catanzareti, Staff Writer

When leaders Chase Elliott and Joey Logano wrecked out with three laps to go Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway, two drivers were there to pounce: Brad Keselowski and Clint Bowyer.

Keselowski went on to claim to lead and win the race, his second in the last week. For Bowyer, one day following his 41st birthday, a turn of fate saw him jump from a top-five position, to giving Keselowski a run for his money in the two laps that followed.

Unfortunately for Bowyer, his No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford was only good enough for second spot. However, with how the race treated the veteran, it felt like a win.

“I was needing [Keselowski] to be a little bit closer,” Bowyer said. “I wasn’t going to feel bad about moving him, but it just didn’t materialize.

“We actually struggled pretty bad with our setup. I don’t know, it was floating the nose really bad up off the corner all day long. The outside was no man’s land for me. I couldn’t get my front end to turn at all. The [No.] 2 car [Keselowski hit [Ryan Newman] into me and clobbered my whole left side.”

Due to this contact earlier in the race, Bowyer would have had little inner-doubts of moving Keselowski for the victory.

“I wasn’t going to have any trouble apologizing to Brad for dumping him at the end,” he said. “But I couldn’t catch him. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Starting 23rd in the Food City Presents the Supermarket Heroes 500, Bowyer was a quiet contender from start to near-finish, earning only five stage points across the day. But at the end, he left with his best finish of the 2020 campaign.

“I think we capitalized obviously at the end,” he said. “Probably should have pitted once and it bit us. But just kind of a track position game really. Once you got up front, I was two or three tenths faster. Somehow finished second.

“I think we were probably legit around a 10th-place car tonight, which honestly is a little bit uncharacteristic. I thought we were going to have a shot at leading some laps, leading up front.”

Bowyer moves to 12th in driver points, ending a four-race run without a top-10 finish.

One Comment

  1. Patty White

    June 1, 2020 at 1:19 am

    #14fan4life
    Clint’s the man to get the job done!! Next time you’ll get that checkered flag Bud!! Hang in there!

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