July 7, 2012
Clint Bowyer Daytona
Clint Bowyer Race Summary: No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished 29th in Saturday night’s 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway. Bowyer started 29th and immediately dropped to the rear of the field at the start of the 160-lap race. The No. 15 team used a cautious strategy throughout the entire race to avoid the “big one” at Daytona. With 40 laps to go Bowyer began working his way to the front of the field. The Michael Waltrip Racing team raced as high as fifth in the last 20 laps before a multi-car incident ended its run eight laps short of the finish. The No. 15 team finished 29th and recorded only its second DNF (Did Not Finish) of the season. Bowyer returns to action next Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
- Started 29th and finished 29th
- Dropped to the back of the field at the start of the race to preserve equipment
- Raced into the top-10 with 20 laps to go and races as high as fifth.
- Received heavy damage in a multi-car pile-up on lap 152
- Was unable to return to the racetrack in the closing laps
BOWYER: “We had a great 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, but never really got a chance to show how good we could be. We tried to conserve our stuff until the end of the race and stay out of trouble, but trouble found us at the end of the race. That’s just how it goes at Daytona sometimes. We took a pretty big points hit and that hurts, but we’ll keep at it and try to make them back up next week in New Hampshire.”
· Tony Stewart won in a green-white-checkered finish that ended under caution after a final corner
· Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman rounded out the top-five finishers.
· The race took two hours and 32 minutes.
· The race featured 12 lead changes among nine drivers.
· Six cautions slowed the race for 23 laps.
· NASCAR estimated the attendance at 115,000.
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