Real Car Guys Finish Ninth in a Frigid Race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas, Nev. (March 13, 2006) The ACDelco team captured their first top- 10 finish in three weeks and finished ninth after racing in the chilling temperatures of the...
Real Car Guys Finish Ninth in a Frigid Race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, Nev. (March 13, 2006) The ACDelco team captured their first top- 10 finish in three weeks and finished ninth after racing in the chilling temperatures of the Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nev., on Saturday, March 11, 2006.
At the drop of the green flag, Clint Bowyer started his rally against the 43-car-field in the eighth position after qualifying at a time of 32.225 seconds (167.572 mph). With questionable weather, Busch Series teams were hoping to make it to the half-way point of the race without rain.
The first caution flag flew early in the race on lap nine when Tracy Hines and Spencer Clark ran into some trouble in Turn 2. The ACDelco team decided to stay out and not pit due to the timing of the caution. Bowyer said, "We're tight getting into the corners." Crew chief, Dan Deeringhoff radioed back to Bowyer and made the call to stay out in an effort to see how the car would come around on its own with time.
By lap 25 Bowyer gained two positions and was in sixth behind Denny Hamlin. Between lap 25 and lap 45, he radioed to the crew that the car was still a little tight, that the rear-end popped in the middle of the corner and that the car was real tight up off the throttle.
Green flag pit stops started on lap 56 and Deeringhoff made the call to bring the "blue deuce" down pit road on lap 60. The Real Car Guys went to work making adjustments to compensate for the tight race car by taking a round of wedge out, bringing the left rear tire down one pound, adding fuel, and changing four tires. After coming into the pits seventh, the team only lost two positions due to the chassis adjustments.
Bowyer informed the crew that the car was better, but still a tick tight. Lap 93 brought out the second caution of the day and Deeringhoff called the ACDelco pilot back to pit road for an air pressure adjustment, fuel and four tires. The team came out of the pits in 10th place for the restart on lap 98.
Johnny Sauter in the #00 was passed by Bowyer on lap 102 for the ninth position. He maintained his track position until Sauter battled back and passed him to regain ninth on lap 136.
The third caution waved on lap 149, which brought the ACDelco Real Car Guys their last chance to loosen up the car for the remainder of the Sam's Town 300. Bowyer guided the No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS down pit road for a pit stop that Speedy Gonzalez would be proud to be a part of. The team brought the trackbar up two rounds, added one pound to the left- front, put a rubber in the right-rear, added fuel and changed four tires. Even with all of the adjustments, the Real Car Guys maintained their pit entrance position of 11th and sent Bowyer back on the track to challenge for the win.
Bowyer came alive as he hit the track and passed three cars for eighth place in a matter of two laps. Momentum was building for the team and then the fourth caution came out due to John Andretti wrecking in turn 3 due to a bump from behind. The team stayed out to hold position and restarted with the field on lap 171.
Bowyer ran in eighth until the final caution flag dropped for the blown engine of David Gilliland on lap 198 and brought with it the green, white, checkered finish for the Sam's Town 300.
On the restart for the two-lap shootout, Bowyer was passed by J.J. Yeley in the No. 18 Chevrolet and came home in ninth.
Clint Bowyer Quote."A top-ten finish is always good, but we still need to get better and work on our program a little more so we can start running up front."
Next up for Team ACDelco.Bowyer and The Real Car Guys are headed back east to Atlanta Motor Speedway Saturday, March 18 for the running of the Nicorette 300. Live television coverage of the event will begin at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on FX, as well as on your local PRN affiliate. Qualifying will be broadcast Saturday, March 18 at 1 p.m. EST on SPEED. Remember times and dates of the race may change so check your local listings.