CLINT BOWYER – 2018 Can-Am Duel Race Report

February 16th, 2018

Event:                           Can-Am Duel (qualifying race for the Daytona 500)
Series:                           Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:                      Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (2.5-mile oval)
Format:                         Twin 150-mile qualifying races that set the field for the Daytona 500
Start/Finish:                  8th/4th (Running, completed 60 of 60 laps) 

Duel No. 1 Winner:        Ryan Blaney of Team Penske (Ford) in overtime.
Duel No. 2 Winner:        Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

SHR Finish:

  • Kevin Harvick (Started 4th, Finished 2nd / Running, completed 60 of 60 laps in Duel No. 1)
  • Clint Bowyer (Started 8th, Finished 4th / Running, completed 60 of 60 laps in Duel No. 2)
  • Kurt Busch (Started 9th, Finished 5th / Running, completed 60 of 63 laps in Duel No. 2)
  • Aric Almirola (Started 7th, Finished 20th / Crashed, completed 8 of 63 laps in Duel No. 1)

Notes:                          

  • Bowyer will start tenth in Sunday’s 60th Daytona 500.
  • Bowyer raced in the top-10 when he narrowly missed a spinning Erik Jones in a lap-12 accident.
  • Bowyer made a lap-13 pit stop for four tires and adjustments to fix his loose handling condition.
  • Bowyer remained in the top four for the rest of the race.
  • Stewart-Haas Racing scored three top-five finishes in the Can-Am Duels at Daytona.
  • Bowyer scored seven regular-season points, Harvick nine and Kurt Busch six.
  • Drivers earning odd-numbered positions from Sunday’s pole qualifying session were assigned to the first Duel race. Drivers earning even-numbered positions from pole qualifying competed in the second Duel race. The starting positions for each Duel race were based on qualifying times. 

Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing: 

“Man we wanted to win that race. I was in a good spot to have a safe finish. If (Harvick) hadn’t made a move, maybe that would have opened it up. He had his hands full too. We were both protecting pretty good. I thought he had a run to get to the outside but he just didn’t do it. That move is for Sunday. We will make that move and get these Fords in victory lane.”

Next Up:                                                                       

The 60th Daytona 500 gets underway at 2:30 p.m. EST on Sunday, Feb. 18, with live coverage provided by FOX beginning with its pre-race show at 1 p.m.