CLINT BOWYER – 2020 Atlanta Race Report

Event: Folds of Honor 500 (Round 10 of 36)
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Atlanta Motor Speedway (1.54-mile oval)
Format: 325 laps, broken into three stages (105 laps/105 laps/115 laps)
Start/Finish: 5th/20th (Running, completed 324 of 325 laps)
Point Standing: 12th with 259 points, 162 out of first

Race Winner:      Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 1 Winner:  Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner:  Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-105):

Clint Bowyer started fifth and finished third, earning eight bonus points.
● Bowyer reported his car was loose in the early going, dropping to eighth.
● The No. 14 Busch Light For The Farmers Mustang climbed to fifth during the lap 25 competition caution pit stop.
● Bowyer moved to third after the Lap 31 restart and held his position through a lap 67 pit stop.
● After a caution, Bowyer restarted third for a six-lap shootout to close out Stage 1.
● Bowyer climbed as high as second in the final laps before finishing the stage in third.
● Bowyer started Stage 2 in first after a quick stop by the pit crew during the stage break.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 106-210):

Bowyer started first and finished ninth, earning two bonus points.
● The No. 14 Busch Light For The Farmers Mustang held the lead until lap 146 when Bowyer pitted for a tire coming apart.
● Bowyer reclaimed the lead on lap 162 when the rest of the field pitted under green.
● Bowyer held the lead until lap 185 when Martin Truex Jr. and three others drove by on fresher tires.
● A late caution allowed the field to pit and Bowyer restarted the race in seventh with four laps remaining.
● Bowyer survived some wild racing in the final laps to finish the stage in ninth.

Final Stage Recap (211- 325 Laps):

Bowyer started eighth and finished 20th.
● The No. 14 Busch Light For The Farmers Mustang jumped to sixth at the start of the stage.
● Bowyer raced in eighth before pitting under green with 61 laps remaining.
● With 25 to go and running seventh, Bowyer told his crew he doubted his tires would hold out to the end.
● He was correct and forced to pit for new tires with 14 laps remaining.
● Bowyer didn’t have enough to time race back to the front of the field and finished 20th, a lap down to the leader.

Notes:

●  Bowyer led three times for 58 laps to increase his laps-led total at Atlanta to 173.
●  Harvick’s margin of victory over second-place Kyle Busch was 3.527 seconds.
●  There were five caution periods for a total of 24 laps.
●  Only 10 of the 40 drivers in the race finished on the lead lap.
●  Harvick remains the championship leader after Atlanta with a 48-point advantage over second-place Joey Logano.

Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Busch Light For the Farmers Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“That stunk. We were fast today, but kept burning up tires. Just disappointed. We’ll go back at it Wednesday in Martinsville.”

Next Up:

The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 on Wednesday, June 10 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. The race starts at 7 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FS1 and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.