May 6, 2012
Clint Bowyer Talladega Race Summary
No. 15 Aaron’s/Alabama National Championship Toyota driver Clint Bowyer started 24th and finished sixth in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver dropped to the back early in the race to log laps and avoid any early trouble. Bowyer began to move up through the field at the half-way point and worked his way to second late in the race. An accident seconds after the restart on lap 184 swept up Bowyer’s Toyota causing minor damage. Bowyer started 10th for the green-white-checkered finish and moved into position on the backstretch pushing Kasey Kahne to battle for the lead. The pair couldn’t quite catch winner Brad Keselowski and second place-finisher Kyle Busch. Bowyer finished sixth. The No. 15 team returns to action next weekend at Darlington Raceway.
- Started 24th and finished sixth. Now 10th in points.
- Dropped to the rear of the field early in the race
- Raced his way up to second just past the half-way point
- Restarted 10th for green-white-checkered finish
- Recorded his fifth top-10 of the season
BOWYER QUOTE: How warm was your car on the final lap? “The Aaron’s/Alabama National Championship Toyota was blowing water before I even got to the line, but that was my only shot. Kasey (Kahne) made a couple good moves to juke and jive up there. Never led a lap for the Alabama gang -- really wanted to. All in all it was a good points day for us. It is fun -- it’s unbelievable how the storm brews all day long until the last few laps there. You just go like hell and hope for the best.”
How difficult was it to control your engine temperature with the small grill opening? “I wish we could find a different way to do it, but unfortunately right now we have to answer to the fans and that’s all we can do right now. Hopefully, before we come back here we can fix it a different way and keep it to where we can race all day long.”
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