Indianapolis Race Report
11th Martin Truex Jr.
20th Clint Bowyer
23rd Mark Martin
2nd Clint Bowyer
12th Martin Truex Jr.
No. 55 is 15th in owner points
Martin Truex Jr. Race Summary: No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. drove from the back of the field to finish 11th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started 38th and moved into the top 20 within 50 laps. Crew chief Chad Johnston encouraged his driver constantly informing Truex his Toyota was turning top-10 lap times. A strong restart shortly after halfway moved Truex to 12th and he broke into the top 10 less than 15 laps later. His only real handling issue during the 400-mile race was a loose condition in turns 1 and 2. Truex crossed the finish line 11th, an improvement of 27 positions. He retains the second of the two wildcard slots in the 2013 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup. The NAPA team returns to action Sunday at Pocono Raceway
• Started 38th and finished 11th
• Raced as high as eighth and as low as 38th
• Battled loose-handling condition
• Truex owns one win (Sonoma), four top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 2013.
• Retains second wildcard slot in 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup.
TRUEX: How were you able to pass so many cars on a track difficult to make passes? “We did -- it was a hell of a battle out there all day. We had our hands full all day long, that’s for sure. Just kept fighting hard -- kept fighting, fighting, fighting. We didn’t get a lot of cautions so we had to do a lot of it when the field was strung out and that made it tough. We did have the one caution and we did get a real good restart and we were able to get a couple there. Just had a decent car on the long runs -- we weren’t blazing fast by any means, but we were just steady. We would get one or two or three every run. The guys were really good on pit road and we got a couple there. Just dug deep today and did what we had to do for the Chase deal.”
How did the car handle in the race? “The car was really similar to how it had been all weekend. All weekend we were a 10th to 15th place car I felt like and I felt like we could have qualified in there somewhere had we not screwed up. It was just kind of a miscalculation on our part and our guys don’t normally make mistakes like that, but it was just something they overlooked this time around. I hate that it happened, but I’m glad we were able to recover and we’ve got some work to do to get better. For sure we made something out of a day that could have been really bad.”
Clint Bowyer Race Summary: No. 15 RK Motors Charlotte Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished 20th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started 17th but struggled from the start reporting a loose-handling race car that saw him drop to 25th. Bowyer fell off the lead lap on lap 48 as the race proceeded caution-free. The first of only three cautions fell on lap 60 leaving all but 14 cars down a lap. Bowyer, who lost a lap on lap 48, kept racing hard before returning to the lead lap on lap 114. The No.15 team led lap 147 before making its final pit stop and crossing the finish line 20th. Bowyer remains second in the standings 75 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson. The No.15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota will be back in action Sunday at Pocono Raceway.
• Started 17th finished 20th
• Fought an ill-handling car for most of the race.
• Went down a lap to the leaders on lap 48.
• Regained the lead lap on lap 114
• Led lap 147
• Remains second in the standings 75 points out of first.
BOWYER: "The No. 15 RK Motors Toyota was just a handful today. Crew chief Brian Pattie made a few good calls on pit road to get us back on the lead lap. We will go back to North Carolina and regroup for Pocono. "
Mark Martin Race Summary: No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota driver Mark Martin finished 23rd in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started 26th and held his position in the early going. The race ran caution free for the first 60 laps with the leaders setting a blistering pace. Martin reported his car needed more grip on the 2.5-mile oval as he lost a lap to the leaders on lap 40. Martin regained that lost lap at lap 114 when a caution flew seconds before a planned pit stop earning him the Aaron’s Lucky Dog free pass. After major handling changes Martin restarted 23rd with about 40 laps remaining. Late in the race Martin stayed on the track and climbed into the top five hoping for a caution, but he was forced to pit for fuel and dropped back to 23rd after the stop. The No. 55 is 15th in the owners standings. Martin and the Aaron’s Dream Machine return to action this weekend at Pocono Raceway.
• Started 26th and finished 23rd
• Lost lap to leaders on lap 40; reported car needed more grip.
• Received Aaron's Lucky Dog free pass on lap 114
• Climbed into the top five in the closing laps before pit stop.
MARTIN: “We were pretty crippled with an ill race car. We weren’t able to make any real significant improvements on it. I think the team did a great job of battling. Rodney (Childers, crew chief) had great pit strategy. He did a great job of executing with what we had.”
• Ryan Newman edged Jimmie Johnson by 2.657 seconds for victory.
• Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top five
• Three cautions slowed the race for 14 laps
• The race lasted two hours and 36 minutes
• Race featured 20 lead changes among 12 drivers
• All 43 cars were running at the finish for the first time since Richmond fall race in 2008.
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