Richmond Race Report
• Clint Bowyer, No. 15 Toyota Let’s Go Places Camry - finished second, is fifth in driver points
• Martin Truex Jr., No. 56 NAPA BRAKES Toyota – finished 17th, is 15thin driver points
• Mark Martin, No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota - finished 38th, No. 55 is 13th in owners points
Clint Bowyer Race Summary: No. 15 Toyota Let’s Go Places Camry driver Clint Bowyer finished second in Saturday’s 400-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started fifth and quickly worked his way to the front taking the lead on lap 37. After giving it up to Matt Kenseth he reclaimed the lead on lap 111. Bowyer led more than 90 of the race’s first 200 laps including a stretch from lap 111 to lap 218. After giving up the lead, Bowyer dropped to fifth as he battled handling issues. Bowyer climbed back into contention in the second half of the race running fourth when the caution fell with six laps remaining. Bowyer and many of the leaders pitted while several stayed on the track. The No. 15 lined up ninth for the green-white-checkered finish. The blend of cars on old and new tires led to some wild racing that saw Bowyer shoot to second in the final two laps. But, he could not catch winner Kevin Harvick on the final lap. Bowyer and his MWR team return to action Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway driving the No. 15 PEAK Motor Oil Toyota on the Alabama restrictor plate track.
• Started fifth and finished second.
• Took lead on lap 37 - led 90 of the race’s first 200 laps.
• Led from lap 111 to lap 218, but dropped to fifth battling handling issues.
• Returned to contention climbing to fourth when a caution fell with six laps remaining.
• Used fresh tires to move from ninth to second in the green-white-checkered finish.
BOWYER: “We had a good car, we just didn’t have a great car. It seemed like we were just too tight on the throttle -- it wouldn’t quite turn and come up off. It really got wild there at the end -- I was just lucky enough to be on the bottom. They started making holes up there in front of me and the seas parted and I just followed suit behind (Kevin) Harvick. It was a good run. Thanks to Toyota for coming on board to sponsor this race -- wish we could have won the Toyota race, but second’s not bad.”
Martin Truex Jr. Race Summary: No. 56 NAPA Brakes Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. finished 17th in Saturday’s 400-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started ninth and raced into the top five by lap 30. Truex maintained a top-10 position while battling a tight-handling condition through the turns. With about 60 laps to go, the NAPA Brakes Toyota competed in second when Truex and Kurt Busch made contact going in to turn three. Truex spun but he made no contact with the outside wall. Truex lost several spots due to the spin and finished 17th. The No. 56 returns to action Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.
• Started ninth and finished 17th
• Moved into the top five by lap 30
• Worked to make the car turn better throughout race.
• Spun after contact with Kurt Busch while running second with 65 laps to go.
TRUEX: “We fought the car all night long and finally got some track position back -- we fought really hard for that. It’s a shame to get to where we were there and get spun. A little bit disappointed, but that’s the way it goes on short tracks I guess. I’ll remember if we get in that position again what I’ll do to Kurt (Busch).”
What happened between yourself and Kurt Busch? “He (Kurt Busch) had me hooked on the straightaway and I was trying to stay up the race track, but he had me in the left rear and he was kind of driving me down the straightaway a little bit and I had no intentions of cutting down on him going into (turn) three, but he had me jacked up the whole way. When he let off, my car got on the left rear and went straight and then I got up in the marbles and then I just had to spin it out. It was either spin it out in the marbles or drive it straight in the fence. He just had us in a bad position and wouldn’t let off the gas. I was going to give him the inside going into three -- I had given him the whole inside the lap before that. I ran him hard, I ran him tight, but I gave him plenty of room. He didn’t need to do that. He was driving in over his head trying to get a win I guess.”
Mark Martin Summary: No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota driver Mark Martin finished 38th in Saturday’s 400-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started tenth and raced there the first half of the race. Martin climbed as high as sixth near the halfway mark. Crew Chief Rodney Childers worked with Martin throughout the race to help the No. 55 turn better in the corners. In the second half of the race that worked paid dividends. Martin’s times improved and he gained positions in the pits when a two-tire stop during a caution with about 85 laps remaining moved him to eighth. He moved to fourth, but with 63 laps remaining contact with Kasey Kahne resulted in a hard crash on the backstretch. The Aaron’s crew repaired Martin’s Toyota a few laps before the finish. The No. 55 returns to action Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway with two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip behind the wheel of the Aaron’s Alabama National Championship Toyota. Martin returns to action May 11 at Darlington Raceway.
• Started tenth and finished 38th
• Raced in the top 10 in the first half of the race climbing as high as sixth.
• Worked most of the race to make car turn better in corners.
• Climbed as high as fourth late in the race.
• Contact with Kasey Kahne resulted in hard crash on the backstretch causing significant damage.
• Aaron’s Toyota returned to action a few laps before the finish
MARTIN: ““We just got caught up in an accident. The effort by these guys was tremendous. We worked on this car all night, we were competitive and I think we were getting it better and better as the race went on. Would have liked to have been in the mix there at the end.”
• Kevin Harvick won the race by 0.343 seconds over Clint Bowyer.
• Joey Logano, Juan Montoya and Jeff Burton rounded out top-five.
• The race lasted three hours and 18 minutes
• The race featured 10 lead changes among seven drivers
• The race was slowed by 11 cautions for 75 laps
NAME: Clint Bowyer
HOMETOWN: Emporia, KS
RESIDENCE: Clemmons, NC
NAME: Mark Martin
HOMETOWN: Batesville, AR
RESIDENCE: Daytona Beach, FL
NAME: Martin Truex Jr.
HOMETOWN: Mayetta, NJ
RESIDENCE: Mooresville, NC