Loudon Race Report
· No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished fourth and is sixth in NASCAR’s Chase for the
Sprint Cup just 15 points out of the lead.
· No. 55 Freightliner/Jet Edge Toyota driver Brian Vickers finished ninth. The No. 55 is 14th in owner points.
· No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. finished 17th and is tenth in NASCAR’s Chase for
the Sprint Cup just 34 points out of the lead.
CHASE STANDINGS (After 2 of 10 races)
1 Jimmie Johnson 2096 Behind Leader
2 Brad Keselowski 2095 -1
3 Denny Hamlin 2089 -7
4 Tony Stewart 2086 -10
5 Kasey Kahne 2081 -15
6 Clint Bowyer 2081 -15
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2070 -26
8 Kevin Harvick 2065 -31
9 Greg Biffle 2063 -33
10 Martin Truex Jr. 2062 -34
11 Matt Kenseth 2061 -35
12 Jeff Gordon 2051 -45
Clint Bowyer Race Summary: No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished fourth in Sunday’s 300-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started 12th and moved to eighth in the first lap and into the top five by lap 15. Bowyer ran in the top five throughout the race climbing as high as second past the halfway mark. The No. 15 team took only two tires on several pit stops to gain or maintain track position. Bowyer survived close racing in the final laps to secure the fourth-place finish. It was his seventh top-five finish in 2012. Bowyer and the 5-hour ENERGY team return to action Sunday at Dover International Speedway in the third of NASCAR’s 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup. Bowyer is sixth in the Chase just 15 points out of first.
· Started 12th and finished fourth.
· Moved from 12th to eighth on the first lap and into the top five by lap 15
· Climbed as high as second.
· Third consecutive top-10 finish.
· Sixth in the Chase just 15 points out of lead.
BOWYER: “How was your race today? “ We had a solid race car. Denny (Hamlin) had a fast race car. We all knew that all weekend long -- from the time we unloaded he was the class of the field. Hats off to him. He called his shot and backed it up. Our 5-hour ENERGY Toyota was -- like I said -- solid, but we needed a little bit more. I fought loose in and off most of the day. Never really did get our rear grip where we needed it. It was a solid finish and kept us in the game going to Dover.”
What do you think of your position in the Chase? “Well, there’s a lot of racing left. Certainly, we’re still in the thing -- just got to keep these solid finishes coming. Really proud of our race team. We’ve been doing a good job and we‘ve got to keep going.”
Brian Vickers Race Summary: No. 55 Freightliner/Jet Edge Toyota driver Brian Vickers finished ninth in Sunday’s 300-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver qualified fourth, but started from the back of the field after an engine change Saturday afternoon. Vickers quickly climbed into the top 25 and raced in 14th during caution-flag pit stops with 120 laps remaining. Crew chief Rodney Childers opted for a two-tire stop and Vickers returned to the track in the lead. The No. 55 held the lead for five laps and held his position in the top five. After a four-tire stop under green, Vickers restarted the race in seventh with 23 laps remaining and held on for the ninth-place finish. It marked the fourth top-10 finish in seven races for Vickers at MWR. The No. 55 returns to action Sunday at Dover International Speedway with Mark Martin behind the wheel of the Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota. Vickers will make his final appearance of the 2012 season at Martinsville on Oct. 28.
· Qualified fourth and finished ninth
· Forced to start at rear of field after Saturday afternoon engine change.
· Moved from 14th to first after taking only two tires during a pit stop with 120 laps remaining.
· Posted his fourth top-10 in seven races with the No. 55 in 2012.
· Vickers returns to action Oct. 28 in Martinsville. Mark Martin drives the No. 55 at Dover on Sunday.
VICKERS: “I’m really proud of the guys on the No. 55 Freightliner/Jet Edge Toyota and everyone at Michael Waltrip Racing. Today was all about track position. We had to come a long way to the front and once we got there on two tires we held our spot pretty well. If a few cautions had gone different it could have been a lot better finish today. But, we aren’t disappointed. We ran well today and got a good finish. Our Toyota engine was really awesome. Again, it was just about track position today. I can’t wait for Martinsville.”
Martin Truex Jr. Race Summary: No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. finished 17th in Sunday’s 300-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started ninth and moved into the top five by the halfway mark. Truex looked ready to battle for the victory but in the final quarter of the race, his car’s handling went away on the tight mile oval. Truex raced door-to-door with several cars in the closing laps to record the 17th-place finish. The NAPA AUTO PARTS team returns to action Sunday at Dover International Speedway in the 12-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup. Truex will start the third of the 10-race Chase in tenth just 34 points out of first.
· Truex started ninth and finished 17th.
· Raced as high as fourth early in the race.
· Battled a tight handling car.
· 10th in Chase just 34 points out of first.
TRUEX: "We missed the mark today. We had a lot to do in the pits just to try and get this NAPA Toyota running where we needed. It was a long day for us. We've struggled here the last few years and it's still a track we need to improve on. We're 10th in points and have a good track coming up so we'll keep plugging away next week in Dover."
· Denny Hamlin won the race by 2.7 seconds over Jimmie Johnson.
· Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer and Kasey Kahne rounded out the top-five finishers.
· The race took two hours and 43 minutes.
· The race featured 17 lead changes among 10 drivers.
· Four cautions slowed the race for 17 laps.
· NASCAR estimated the attendance at 98,000.
NAME: Clint Bowyer
HOMETOWN: Emporia, KS
RESIDENCE: Clemmons, NC
NAME: Martin Truex Jr.
HOMETOWN: Mayetta, NJ
RESIDENCE: Mooresville, NC