Event: Las Vegas
No. 33 Team Brings Home 15th-Place Finish at Las Vegas
Start - 28th Finish - 15th Laps Led - 1 Points - 18th
Clint Bowyer and the No. 33 Wheaties FUEL Chevrolet team fought hard all day and brought home a 15th-place finish in the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Rolling off the starting grid on the outside of row 14, Bowyer found himself battling a loose-handling race car from the beginning of the 267-lap event. He worked his way into the top 20 of the 43-car field, passing cars on the track while early cautions provided the Shane Wilson-led Helping Hands pit crew opportunities to make minor adjustments on the No. 33 Chevrolet, trying to find more grip and improve acceleration in the corners. After 102 circuits, Wilson directed the crew to make major chassis adjustments to the car despite the fact that all teams were fighting ever-changing track temperatures due to cloudy conditions at the 1.5-mile facility, located just 25 minutes from the famous Las Vegas Strip. Initially, those changes worked well on short runs as Bowyer was able to gain positions. However, on long green flag runs, the Emporia, Kan., native reported that the car loosened up dramatically, making it difficult to turn. Another change to the car on lap 149 gave Bowyer the grip he needed to work his way back into the top15 where he stayed for the remainder of the event, also gaining a valuable bonus point by leading lap 243. The final 65 laps were completed under green-flag conditions and Bowyer crossed the finish line with a solid 15th-place effort.
CLINT BOWYER QUOTE:
"We battled a loose-handling race car and changing track conditions all day, but were still able to score a top-15 finish and gain a few spots in points. The Wheaties FUEL paint scheme car looked really cool. It was fun to drive a black car again and I want to thank everyone at Wheaties FUEL for their support. I am looking forward to the off weekend before we head to Bristol."