April 7, 2013
Martinsville Race Report
Clint Bowyer Race Summary: No. 15 RK Motors Charlotte Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished second in Sunday’s 500-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started 15th and immediately was the class of the field climbing his way to sixth by lap 176. On lap 180, Bowyer was involved in a multi-car wreck after cars stacked up on the front stretch following a restart. Bowyer was forced to pit several times for repairs, but stayed on the lead lap and restarted 20th. Again, the No. 15 found speed and worked its way back to 14th by halfway and back into the top-five by lap 360. The No. 15 pitted for the final time with 50 laps to go and restarted third. Bowyer raced in second when the red flag came out with 15 laps to go. Bowyer made his best attempt to track down race winner Jimmie Johnson in the final laps before finishing second. The No. 15 Toyota team returns to action Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway.
- Started 15th and finished second.
- Racing in sixth when involved in a multi-car wreck on lap 180.
- Made multiple pit stops for repairs and restarted 20th.
- Raced his was back to 14th by halfway and into the top-five by lap 360.
- Restarted second with nine laps remaining.
BOWYER: Did you have as strong of a car in the race as you did in practice?
“We did -- disappointed for sure. We had a fast car all weekend long and really thought we were maybe going to be walking out of here with a Grandfather clock. I tore the car up pretty bad over here off of (turn) four. I checked up and I got hit from behind, pushed into (Jamie McMurray) and all hell broke loose. All in all, second place isn’t bad, but it sure sucks right now.”
Did you think you had a shot at the win in the closing laps?
“Well, last year I had the upper hand with tires and it just didn’t work out. That time I was on the outside and it definitely was the opposite of that. Just proud of the RK Motors Toyota. The guys did a good job. Brian Pattie (crew chief) and everybody on this 15 car did a good job bringing a fast car. It’s just disappointing -- she was just tore up too bad. We was lucky to get back up where we were and make some good adjustments. All in all it was a good day. 5 HOUR, Peak, AAA -- everybody that’s a part of this car -- it's a good program and a good group of guys. Just wish I’d had that clock.”
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