Watkins Glen Race Report
3rd Martin Truex Jr.
6th Clint Bowyer
32nd Brian Vickers
2nd Clint Bowyer
10th Martin Truex Jr.
No.55 is 18th in owner points.
Martin Truex Jr. Race Summary: No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. finished third in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver qualified third and battled for the lead several times during the 90-lap race on the New York road course. Truex ran in the top five for the entire race except during green flag pit cycles. The race saw two cautions in the final 10 laps which gave Truex a chance to battle for the lead with eventual race winner Kyle Busch. The Mayetta, N.J. native moved inside of Busch in the first two turns, but could not clear Busch for the lead. With the third-place finish, Truex jumped four spots to tenth in the point standings with three races remaining before the start of the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup. The NAPA team returns to action Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.
• Started third and finished third
• Scored his fifth top five and ninth top 10 of the 2013 season
• Battled for the lead several times in the 90 lap race
• Never raced outside the top five except during green flag pit stops
• Truex gained four spots to 10th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point Standings
TRUEX: “All in all it was a good weekend. So much speed in practice and then today the weather was a little bit different and I knew the track would be a little bit different. We had so much speed on the short run and almost got the lead there and we messed up. After we put that last set of tires on we almost got the lead and after that just couldn’t quite run with him (Kyle Busch) after all of those restarts, all of those heat cycles in the tires. Both the 2 (Brad Keselowski) and the 18 (Kyle Busch) were just a tick better than we were on the longer runs and on the older, built-up air pressure. We just missed it a little bit. I’m so proud of my guys for the cars they built. Everybody back at the shop for the great race cars that they built for us here this weekend. A couple more to go -- just have to keep chipping away at it.”
Clint Bowyer Race Summary: No. 15 PEAK/Duck Dynasty Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished sixth in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started in the second position and ran in the top-10 throughout the 355-kilometer race. Bowyer battled a tight condition, but the Brian Pattie-led crew stuck to its strategy of using only two pit stops, which limited the team’s ability to make adjustments. The No. 15 restarted fifth with two laps to go, but dropped one position before the checkered flag. Bowyer remains second in points trailing Jimmie Johnson by 75 points with three races remaining before the start of the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup. The No.15 team returns to action Sunday at Michigan International Speedway carrying the 5-hour ENERGY colors.
• Started second finished sixth.
• Raced in the top-10 throughout race.
• Made only minor chassis changes.
• Survived wild racing in final laps.
• Scored his 12th top-10 of the season
• Remains second in points trailing Johnson by 75.
• Leads 11th by 110 points
BOWYER: “The PEAK/Duck Dynasty Toyota was fast today, but we just struggled with it being a little too tight all day. We stuck to our pit strategy and didn’t get a lot of opportunities to make adjustments, so we kind of just had to go with what we had. It was a good day – not great, but good. We gained a couple points on the 48 team and gave ourselves a little more room over 11th. We always want to win and give ourselves a chance, but we’ll take what we got today and continue on to Michigan.”
Brian Vickers Race Summary: No. 55 30th Anniversary Toyota Camry driver Brian Vickers finished 30th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started 15th and fought to stay in the top 20 throughout the race. Vickers complained of tight conditions during the race and struggled through turns six and seven. During the lap 34 caution crew chief, Rodney Childers radioed for Vickers to come to repair electrical problems. This change forced Vickers to restart in the 39th position, on the lead lap. The Thomasville, N.C. native drove his way back into the top-20 by lap 58. Vickers was collected in a late race accident while racing in the 15th position which ended his day. The No. 55 returns to action Sunday at Michigan International Speedway with Mark Martin behind the wheel. Vickers’ next race is Aug. 24 at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Aaron’s Dream Machine.
• Started 15th and finished 30th.
• Complained of tight conditions.
• Forced to pit because of electrical issues.
• Fell back to the 39th position and raced into the top-15.
• Collected in late-race incident.
VICKERS: “It looked like the No. 9 car got wrecked. I think he just had something wrong with the car and shouldn’t have restarted. I know that’s tough when you have a great car and you don’t want to come in for no reason, but I think something broke and the No. 14 turned him around and we got collected. We had a good 30th Anniversary Camry, but we were struggling with power early on. We changed the fuel mapping last night before we started the race and I think there was something wrong with it, so we came in and changed the map to what it should be and that made a big difference.”
• Kyle Busch edged Brad Keselowski by 0.486 seconds for victory.
• Truex Jr., Carl Edwards and Juan Pablo Montoya rounded out the top five.
• Eight cautions slowed the race for 21 laps.
• The race lasted two hours and 32 minutes.
• Race featured five lead changes among five drivers.
NAME: Brian Vickers
HOMETOWN: Thomasville, NC
RESIDENCE: Miami & NYC
NAME: Clint Bowyer
HOMETOWN: Emporia, KS
RESIDENCE: Clemmons, NC
NAME: Martin Truex Jr.
HOMETOWN: Mayetta, NJ
RESIDENCE: Mooresville, NC