Bowyer Brings the No. 21 Zaxby's Chevrolet to a Sixth-Place Finish Clint Bowyer brought Richard Childress Racing's No. 21 Zaxby's Chevrolet to a season-best sixth-place finish in the one-day-delayed Aaron's 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at...
Bowyer Brings the No. 21 Zaxby's Chevrolet to a Sixth-Place Finish
Clint Bowyer brought Richard Childress Racing's No. 21 Zaxby's Chevrolet to a season-best sixth-place finish in the one-day-delayed Aaron's 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday evening.
The top-ten finish moved car owner Richard Childress up four positions, to 16th, in the NNS Owner's Point Standings, just 10 markers shy of 15th.
Following two practice sessions on Thursday, Bowyer qualified 14th in the No. 21 Zaxby's Chevrolet on Friday. However, the Emporia, Kans., native had to wait until Sunday for the scheduled 117-lap Aaron's 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race after Saturday's on-track activity was cancelled due to severe weather warnings in the Talladega, Ala., area.
Immediately following his seventh-place showing in the same-day Aaron's 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Bowyer climbed into the No. 21 Zaxby's Chevrolet, ready for 312 additional miles of racing.
When the green flag dropped, Bowyer worked with spotter Mike Dillon to take a high line around the fast, 2.66-mile superspeedway. The 43-car starting field shuffled two-, three- and four-wide in front of an estimated 71,500 race fans.
The first of five caution flags was displayed on lap 21 for a 13-car incident in the trioval. Bowyer was among those affected, spinning the No. 21 Zaxby's Chevrolet after being clipped by another competitor. Luckily, the damage was minimal and quick work by the Zaxby's crew helped put Bowyer in position to give a competitive effort for the rest of the race.
Restarting 29th, Bowyer continued to take advantage of the draft, weaving to the front and the back of the field in the No. 21 Zaxby's Chevrolet.
As the laps wound down, Bowyer indicated that he had no radio communication with his team and moved his Chevrolet to the tail end of the field, hugging the yellow line. The 2008 NNS champion was able to re-hook his radio while maintaining pace around the 2.66-mile superspeedway and it wasn't long before he made his way back to the lead draft of cars.
Bowyer pitted for a third and final time on lap 92 under green-flag conditions, taking four fresh Goodyear tires, a right-rear air pressure adjustment and fuel.
Working with his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teammate Kevin Harvick, Bowyer moved up to second by lap 92 and was in contention for his first win of the 2010 season when the caution flag was displayed on lap 115 as seven cars piled up in the front stretch just behind Bowyer.
The caution set the field for a green-white-checkered flag finish and extended the race three laps past the advertised distance of 117 laps. On the restart, Bowyer glued his No. 21 Zaxby's Chevrolet to Harvick's bumper and the two RCR NSCS drivers stayed one-two until the last lap. As the duo headed into turn four, the field gained momentum around them and another competitor cut down in front of Bowyer in an attempt to gain position. However, the move caused a ten-car pile-up and shuffled Bowyer to sixth in the final running order.
Brad Keselowski earned his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory of 2010, while Joey Logano finished second. Harvick, Jason Keller and John Borneman III rounded out the top five.
The next NASCAR Nationwide Series race is the Bubba Burger 250 at Richmond International Raceway on Friday, April 30.
"That was a wild race, especially with the radio issues and the wrecks all around us on the racetrack. I'm glad we were able to finish sixth. Racing at Talladega is always exciting and today was no different."