CLINT BOWYER – 2019 Advance Auto Clash Race Report

Event: Advance Auto Parts Clash (non-points race)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (2.5-mile oval)
Format: 75 laps, broken into two segments of 25 laps and 50 laps
Note: Rain cut the race 16 laps short of its scheduled 75-lap distance
Start/Finish: 15th/16th (Accident, completed 55 of 59 laps)
Race Winner: Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

SHR Finish:        

● Aric Almirola (Started 18th, Finished 8th / Running, completed 59 of 59laps)
● Daniel Suárez (Started 10th, Finished 10th / Running, completed 58 of 59 laps)
● Kevin Harvick (Started 6th, Finished 12th / Running, completed 57 of 59 laps)
● Clint Bowyer (Started 15th, Finished 16th / Accident, completed 55 of 59 laps)

Notes:                   

● Clint Bowyer started 15th and moved to ninth before rain stopped the racing on lap nine for 21 minutes.
● When racing resumed, most of the field ran single file near the wall, with few drivers able to make passes in the low lane.
● Bowyer pitted on lap 24 for new tires and fuel. A tire rub forced a return trip to pitlane two laps later, dropping him to 20th.
● The race was halted again on lap 44 as the rain picked up. After an eight-minute delay, the race restarted.
● Bowyer moved to sixth in the ensuing laps, and with more rain approaching, the action picked up on the track.
● Contact between Jimmie Johnson and Paul Menard set off an incident on lap 56 that involved 17 of the race’s 20 cars.
● Johnson escaped damage and was declared the winner when the race was halted for rain minutes after the wreck.
● The field was comprised of 2018 pole winners, former Clash winners, former Daytona 500 pole winners and 2018 playoff    participants. A random draw determined starting positions.

Clint Bowyer, Driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“That was a pretty disappointing day. Nobody could make the bottom lane work in the early part of the race. Our Mobil 1 Mustang had a tire rub, and we got in the back. We got a good restart and got close enough where we started thinking about our strategy in the final laps. All of a sudden everyone up in front of us starts wrecking, and there was nothing for us to do. Pretty bummed.”

Next Up:

The Gander RV Duel – twin 150-mile races that will set the rest of the Daytona 500 field – takes place at 7 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 14 with live coverage on FS1. Speedweeks at Daytona then culminates with the 61st running of the Daytona 500 at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, with live coverage provided by FOX beginning with its prerace show at 1 p.m.