Blown Engine for No. 33 Team Results in 35th-Place Finish
After being involved in a late-race accident, Clint Bowyer and the No. 33 BB&T Chevrolet team suffered a blown engine, resulting in a 35th-place finish in the Jeff Byrd 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Rolling off the starting grid on the inside of row 14, Bowyer found himself battling a loose-handling race car from the beginning of the 500-lap event. He worked his way through the 43-car field, passing cars on track while cautions and driver feedback provided the Shane Wilson-led "Helping Hands" pit crew opportunities to make tire pressure and chassis adjustments on the No. 33 Chevrolet. After falling one lap down to the leaders while running in the 19th position, Bowyer was collected in a multi-car accident on lap 436, which led to significant right-front fender damage to the car. After repairs were made on pit road, Bowyer was able to return to the track without losing any track position. However, a significant drop in water temperature meant engine woes were imminent and as the green flag waved on lap 456, it took only one lap before the engine expired on the backstretch of the "World's Fastest Half-Mile", relegating the Emporia, Kan., native to a disappointing 35th-place finish.
CLINT BOWYER QUOTE:
"It was a tough weekend for the No. 33 BB&T team because we had high hopes after our success last August. We need to put this behind us and turn our attention to California where we had a lot of success last season."