Dover Race Report
• No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished sixth and is third in points.
• No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota driver Mark Martin finished ninth and the No. 55 is 14th in owner points.
• No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. finished 38th and is 15th in points.
Clint Bowyer Race Summary: No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished sixth in Sunday’s 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway. Bowyer started 15th and fought an ill-handling car most of the race. During each pit stop crew chief Brian Pattie made major adjustments to make his driver comfortable. Some good strategy moved Bowyer to third with only 19 laps left in the race. Bowyer battled at the front and held on the for the sixth-place finish. The finish was Bowyer’s seventh top-10 in 13 races in 2013 and moved him to third in the driver standings. The No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota team returns to action next weekend at Pocono Raceway.
• Started 15th and finished sixth
• Battled an ill-handling race car for most of the race
• Moved into third with just under 20 laps remaining.
• Moved to third in the standings.
BOWYER: “Not very good, but we got a pretty decent finish. We just didn’t run very good all weekend long. Definitely need to go back and do our homework and figure some things out for our 5-hour ENERGY Toyota.”
Mark Martin Race Summary: No.55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota driver Mark Martin finished ninth in Sunday’s 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway. Martin started sixth and held his position in the early going. Improved lap times and quick pit work vaulted the No. 55 to fourth on lap 129. Handling issues dropped Martin a few spots, but rarely left the top 10 during the 400-lap race run in 90-degree weather. Martin moved to 10th on a restart with 19 to go and crossed the finish line in ninth. It was Martin’s 34th top-10 finish at the “Monster Mile.” Martin and the Aaron’s Dream Machine return to action Sunday at Pocono Raceway.
• Started sixth and finished ninth
• Held position in the early going climbing as high as fourth on lap 129
• Martin and crew worked on handling throughout race.
• Restarted race in 10th with 19 to go
• 34th top-10 finish at Dover.
MARTIN: “It was a really great effort by our team. Our Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota had more potential at the end then we were able to show. We didn’t quite get it adjusted for the changing track conditions, but it was still awesome. However, it would have been even better if we could have got it adjusted. Great, great team effort today and I’m really proud of the guys -- we're making progress.”
Martin Truex Jr. Race Summary: No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. finished 38th in Sunday’s 400-mile race at Dover International Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver and native of nearby Mayetta, N.J. started on the front row in second position. The race’s early stages saw Truex drive door-to-door with fellow Toyota teammates Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch before settling into the top three. Truex raced in second at the halfway mark and on pace to challenge for the top spot. Crew Chief Chad Johnston made small adjustments to fine tune the No. 56 on the mile track in the 90-degree heat. Truex radioed his team with about 150 laps remaining that “we have a chance to win this.” However, disaster struck on lap 279 when Truex’s day came to an end with mechanical issue under the hood forced him to the garage. The finish dropped him to 15th in the driver standings. The No. 56 NAPA KNOW HOW crew returns to action Sunday at Pocono Raceway.
• Started second and finished 38th
• Ran as high as second and as low as 4th
• Needed only small adjustments to fine tune No. 56 Toyota throughout race
• Told crew in the race’s later stages the No. 56 could win.
• Mechanical issues under the hood ended the No. 56’s race on lap 279.
TRUEX: “Something let go in the motor. Just dropped a cylinder and started smoking all at once. Same thing happened to the 20 (Matt Kenseth) it looked like. Pretty disappointing. We had a great race car today. The NAPA Toyota was really good. We were one or two adjustments away there from having something for them. We were really good on long runs. Little too tight on the short runs. Damn, I wish we could have made it to the end.”
• Tony Stewart beat Juan Montoya to finish line by 0.788 seconds.
• Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five.
• Seven cautions slowed the race for 32 laps.
• Eleven leaders traded the lead 21 times.
• Pit road temperature was 105 degrees at green flag
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