Loudon Race Report
· No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished third and is ninth in the standings.
· No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. finished 11th and is eighth in the standings.
· No. 55 MyClassicGarage Toyota driver Brian Vickers finished 15th and the No. 55 is 12th in owner points.
Clint Bowyer Race Summary: No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished third in Sunday’s 301-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Bowyer started fifth and raced in the top-10 for the majority of the race. The No. 15 team battled an ill-handling racecar near the middle of the race and briefly fell to 13th. Pit strategy started to take shape around lap 193 when Bowyer made a four-tire stop and moved from 13th to sixth in the next 40 laps. A two-tire stop on lap 235 saw Bowyer restart sixth and race as high as second in the closing laps. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is off this weekend but returns to action July 29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
· Started fifth and finished third
· Raced in the top-10 for the majority of the race.
· Made a four-tire pit stop on lap 193 and moved from 13th to sixth in the next 40 laps.
· Took two tires under caution on lap 235 and restarted sixth. He moved to second shortly after the
· Bowyer posted his fifth top-10 in 13 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
· Bowyer recorded his fourth top-five and 10th top-10 of the season.
BOWYER: “All in all it was a good weekend for our 5-hour Energy Toyota -- good way to get things turned around. After the last two weeks of getting wrecked, it felt good to get a good finish." Are you pleased with your position in the point standings? "We've been running well -- I'm not too worried about that. Certainly, happy for Kasey Kahne for winning today, but didn't need him to. That's a wild card spot that I had by points and now I'm going to have to go get me another win to have him by a win."
Martin Truex Jr. Race Summary: No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. finished 11th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Truex started fourth and raced in the top 10 during the first half of the 301-lap event. Crew chief Chad Johnston made a series of adjustments to help the NAPA Toyota’s handling and to contend for a top-five spot. Truex pitted for four tires during the lap 235 caution then moved from 14th to tenth after the restart. He lost a position in the closing laps to score an 11th-place result. The top-15 finish keeps Truex eighth in the standings with seven races remaining before the start of the Chase for the Championship. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to action July 29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
· Started fourth and finished 11th.
· Battled a loose in, tight center, loose off condition throughout the race
· Ran as high as fourth and as low as 14th
· Owns four top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 2012
TRUEX: “It was a battle for sure. We had a couple moments where we were okay, but for the most part it was a battle all day. I guess eleventh on your worst day is pretty good.”
Brian Vickers Race Summary: No. 55 MyClassicGarage driver Brian Vickers finished 15th in Sunday’s 301-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. After racing in the top-20 in the early going, Vickers pitted on lap 191 for two tires and moved from 12th to eighth. The No. 55 moved into the top-10 and raced as high as fourth with about 70 laps to go. Vickers lost several spots during a pit stop sequence, but battled throughout the race to finish 15th. It marked his third top-15 in four starts as the driver of the No. 55 for Michael Waltrip Racing. Vickers returns to the seat of the No. 55 at Watkins Glen in August. Mark Martin returns to the No. 55 on July 29 when the Sprint Cup Series visits Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
· Started and finished 15th
· Raced as high as fourth.
· Scored his third top-15 in four starts in the No. 55 for MWR
· On lap 235 pit stop Vickers came in fourth and restarted 11th.
· The No. 55 is 12th in Sprint Cup Series Owner Points
VICKERS: “We had a top five car today. Track position was everything today. I slid through the pit box on the final pit stop which cost us some spots. The No. 55 MyClassicGarage Toyota was solid all weekend. I just want to thank Michael Waltrip and Rob Kauffman for giving me the awesome opportunity.”
· Kasey Kahne won the race by 2.738 seconds over second place Denny Hamlin.
· Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top-five finishers.
· The race took two hours and 44 minutes.
· The race featured 16 lead changes among eight drivers.
· Three cautions slowed the race for 15 laps.
· NASCAR estimated the attendance at 95,000.
NAME: Clint Bowyer
HOMETOWN: Emporia, KS
RESIDENCE: Clemmons, NC
NAME: Martin Truex Jr.
HOMETOWN: Mayetta, NJ
RESIDENCE: Mooresville, NC