CLINT BOWYER – 2017 Richmond I Race Report

Event:               Richmond 400 (Round 9 of 36)
Series:               Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          Richmond (Va.) International Raceway (.75-mile oval)
Format:             400 laps, broken into three stages (100 laps/100 laps/200 laps)
Start/Finish:      8th/15th (Running, completed 400 of 400 laps)
Point Standing: 9th (266 points, 132 out of first)
Race Winner:    Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Ended at Lap 100):

  • Started eighth, finished ninth to earn two race points.
  • Bowyer, like most drivers, battled with a loose racecar in the opening laps.
  • After chassis changes during pit stop, Bowyer reported car wouldn’t turn. 

Stage 2 Recap (Ended at Lap 200):

  • Started seventh, finished eighth to earn three race points.
  • Crew said after adjustments Bowyer’s lap times were a tenth-of-a-second faster.
  • Bowyer climbed as high as sixth midway through the stage.

Final Stage Recap (Ended at Lap 400):

  • Started sixth, finished 15th.
  • Bowyer turned in top-five times throughout stage.
  • Commitment lane violation while entering pits with 81 laps to go and the drive-through penalty dropped Bowyer to 26th.
  • Bowyer returned to lead lap with 52 to go racing in 19th.
  • Contact with Ty Dillon coming to pit road caused significant damage to the front end of Bowyer’s car.
  • Bowyer rallied to 15th in closing laps.

Notes:              

  • Temperatures of 90 degrees outside and 140 degrees inside the car Sunday afternoon made for challenging conditions for all drivers.
  • Bowyer gained positions on nearly every pit stop during the 400-lap race.

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

“No doubt we’re disappointed. We were going to have a top-10 and maybe a top-five today. Everyone is trying hard. Car was good, and we had great pit stops today.”

Next Up:          

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the GEICO 500 on Sunday, May 7 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. The race starts at 2 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FOX.