August 19, 2012
Clint Bowyer Michigan
Clint Bowyer Race Summary: No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished seventh in Sunday’s 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started 12th and immediately showed that he and his teammates Martin Truex Jr. and Mark Martin were as fast as any in the field. Bowyer quickly climbed into the top eight and took over the lead on lap 71. He led for 19 laps. Bowyer battled for track position in the second half of the race. He restarted seventh on the green-white-checkered finish and held his position amid fierce driving in the final laps. Bowyer and the 5-hour ENERGY team return to action on Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.
- Started 12th and finished seventh.
- Led 19 laps of the 85 laps MWR led at Michigan on Sunday.
- Collected his 13th top-10 finish in 23 starts in 2012.
- Mobil 1 Oil Driver of the Race winner
- Remains seventh in points with three races before the Chase.
BOWYER: “How was your race today? “ It was a solid day for us. We got up there and we led then we pitted and lost track position. You just can’t pass. It will age and it will keep getting better. This race was better than last time and it will keep improving. We did what we needed to do -- I said we needed single digit numbers. If we keep doing that then they are running out of races to catch us. Kasey (Kahne) from outside the top-12 is catching us, but everybody behind us inside the top-10 finished behind us. Proud of my guys on the 5-HOUR Energy Toyota -- it was a good day and we’ll go on to Bristol.”
What was the last restart like for you? “It was pretty wild. You know what you’re up against -- you know what’s at stake and you know you’ve got that grizzly bear (Ryan Newman) behind you that’s going to go for broke. Just tried to be patient and tried to be aggressive all at the same time.”
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