CLINT BOWYER – 2017 Atlanta Race Report

March 5th, 2017

Event:               Folds of Honor 500 (Round 2 of 36)
Series:               Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          Atlanta Motor Speedway (1.54-mile oval)
Format:             325 laps, broken into three stages (85 laps/85 laps/155 laps)
Start/Finish:      25th/11th (Running, completed 325 of 325 laps) 
Point Standing: 14th (46 points, 44 out of first) 
Race Winner:    Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-85):

  • Started 24th, finished 15th.
  • Drove from 25th to 12th in the first 32 laps.
  • Bowyer said car was a little loose on first run and tight on second.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 86-170):     

  • Started 13th, finished ninth to earn three race points.
  • Reported car was too loose with no rear grip, pitted on lap 126.
  • Passed three cars in the final 10 laps to finish ninth. 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 171-325):          

  • Started ninth.
  • Climbed to third with 85 to go, but Bowyer was shuffled to seventh on a race restart with 55 laps to go.
  • Suffered fender damage on the next restart that resulted in a cut tire and crash with 45 laps to go.
  • Crew repaired damage enabling Bowyer to drive from 15th to 11th. 

Notes:              

  • Stewart-Haas Racing is 1-2 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship standings. Harvick leads by four points over Busch.
  • Harvick won both Stage 1 and Stage 2. 

Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:           

“Really fast Haas Automation Ford today, but we got hit and put in the wall on a restart, then we had a cut tire and got the wall pretty good. Really disappointing because I think we had something for them today. We made a good comeback to finish 11th. I’m disappointed, because we were getting better and better throughout the race.”

Next Up:          

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Kobalt 400 on Sunday, March 12 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race starts at 3:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FOX.