Event: GEICO 500 (Round 10 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (2.66-mile oval)
Format: 188 laps, broken into three stages (55 laps/55 laps/78 laps)
Start/Finish: 3rd/29th (Running, completed 182 of 188 laps)
Point Standing: 10th (288 points, 142 out of first)
Race Winner: Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner: Ty Dillon of Germain Racing (Chevrolet)
Stage 2 Winner: Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-55):
● Clint Bowyer started third and finished 34th.
● Bowyer raced in the top-three in the opening laps.
● Bowyer’s car suffered severe damage in a lap-10 accident when two cars in front of him collided and caused a chain-reaction wreck.
● The No. 14 pit crew made significant repairs during multiple stops under caution to return Bowyer to the track on the lead lap.
● Bowyer kept minimum speed until bodywork cut his right-front tire, requiring him to return to pit lane for repairs.
● Bowyer lost four laps while repairs were made, and he returned to the track in 34th.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 56-110):
● Bowyer started 34th and finished 33rd.
● Bowyer predicted that if they could keep the car on the track it would gain 10 spots before the end of the race, given the chance of another accident.
● The field put Bowyer a fifth lap down under green, and he finished the stage in 33rd.
Stage 3 Recap (Laps 111-188):
● Bowyer started 33rd and finished 29th.
● Bowyer stayed at the back of the field, avoiding involvement in another accident.
● Bowyer’s prediction fell just a bit short, but two late-race accidents allowed him to move up to 29th.
● Chase Elliott won the GEICO 500 to score his fourth career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his first of the season and his first at Talladega.
● There were six caution periods for a total of 21 laps.
● Only 17 of the 40 drivers in the GEICO 500 finished on the lead lap.
● Kyle Busch remains the championship leader after Talladega with a 15-point advantage over second-place Joey Logano.
Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Toco Warranty Ford Mustang:
“We started great and our Toco Warranty Ford was pretty racy, but I started to see what was about to happen and tried to get out of that pack. I should have just pulled onto the apron and just stopped, but I couldn’t, and they wrecked and took us out. It’s pretty sad. I’d like to have seen how we could have raced today.”
The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Gander RV 400 on Sunday, May 5 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. The race starts at 2 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FS1 and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.