April 27, 2013
Richmond Race Report
Clint Bowyer Race Summary:No. 15 Toyota Let’s Go Places Camry driver Clint Bowyer finished second in Saturday’s 400-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started fifth and quickly worked his way to the front taking the lead on lap 37. After giving it up to Matt Kenseth he reclaimed the lead on lap 111. Bowyer led more than 90 of the race’s first 200 laps including a stretch from lap 111 to lap 218. After giving up the lead, Bowyer dropped to fifth as he battled handling issues. Bowyer climbed back into contention in the second half of the race running fourth when the caution fell with six laps remaining. Bowyer and many of the leaders pitted while several stayed on the track. The No. 15 lined up ninth for the green-white-checkered finish. The blend of cars on old and new tires led to some wild racing that saw Bowyer shoot to second in the final two laps. But, he could not catch winner Kevin Harvick on the final lap. Bowyer and his MWR team return to action Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway driving the No. 15 PEAK Motor Oil Toyota on the Alabama restrictor plate track.
- Started fifth and finished second.
- Took lead on lap 37 - led 90 of the race’s first 200 laps.
- Led from lap 111 to lap 218, but dropped to fifth battling handling issues.
- Returned to contention climbing to fourth when a caution fell with six laps remaining.
- Used fresh tires to move from ninth to second in the green-white-checkered finish.
BOWYER: “We had a good car, we just didn’t have a great car. It seemed like we were just too tight on the throttle -- it wouldn’t quite turn and come up off. It really got wild there at the end -- I was just lucky enough to be on the bottom. They started making holes up there in front of me and the seas parted and I just followed suit behind (Kevin) Harvick. It was a good run. Thanks to Toyota for coming on board to sponsor this race -- wish we could have won the Toyota race, but second’s not bad.”
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