NASCAR Cup
NASCAR Cup
17 May
-
17 May
Event finished
20 May
-
20 May
Event finished
23 May
-
24 May
Event finished
27 May
-
28 May
Event finished
31 May
-
31 May
Event finished
07 Jun
-
07 Jun
Event finished
10 Jun
-
10 Jun
Event finished
14 Jun
-
14 Jun
Event finished
21 Jun
-
21 Jun
Event finished
27 Jun
-
27 Jun
Event finished
28 Jun
-
28 Jun
Event finished
R
Indianapolis
05 Jul
-
05 Jul
Race in
08 Hours
:
16 Minutes
:
29 Seconds
R
Kentucky
12 Jul
-
12 Jul
Next event in
6 days
R
02 Aug
-
02 Aug
Next event in
27 days
R
Michigan II
07 Aug
-
09 Aug
Next event in
32 days
R
Watkins Glen
14 Aug
-
16 Aug
Next event in
39 days
R
Dover II
21 Aug
-
23 Aug
Next event in
46 days
R
Daytona II
27 Aug
-
29 Aug
Next event in
52 days
R
Darlington III
06 Sep
-
06 Sep
Next event in
62 days
R
Richmond II
10 Sep
-
12 Sep
Next event in
66 days
R
Bristol II
17 Sep
-
19 Sep
Next event in
73 days
R
Las Vegas II
25 Sep
-
27 Sep
Next event in
81 days
R
Talladega II
02 Oct
-
04 Oct
Next event in
88 days
R
Charlotte III
09 Oct
-
11 Oct
Next event in
95 days
R
Kansas II
16 Oct
-
18 Oct
Next event in
102 days
R
Texas II
23 Oct
-
25 Oct
Next event in
109 days
R
Martinsville II
30 Oct
-
01 Nov
Next event in
116 days
R
Phoenix II
06 Nov
-
08 Nov
Next event in
123 days

Clint Bowyer "sick" after his misfortune derailed Almirola's day

shares
comments
Clint Bowyer "sick" after his misfortune derailed Almirola's day
By:
Oct 7, 2018, 11:55 PM

Clint Bowyer and Stewart-Haas Racing enjoyed a strong showing for most of Sunday's race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway , running first through fourth at one point.

Clint Bowyer, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Haas VF1/Rush Truck Centers
Clint Bowyer, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Haas VF1/Rush Truck Centers
Aric Almirola, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Smithfield
Pit stop, Aric Almirola, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Smithfield after the crash
Clint Bowyer, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Haas VF1/Rush Truck Centers

But mechanical issues cut Bowyer's once promising race short. He ran up front and even led once before his trouble began in the final stage when he was forced to pit for repairs after contact with Ryan Newman.

The playoff contender had trouble again a few laps later, bringing out the penultimate caution of the race on Lap 393 when he tagged the Turn 3 wall, ending his day just short of the finish.

“We broke and I hit the wall,” said a dejected Bowyer after the incident. “I’m just really disappointed. I’m frustrated with our day, obviously, we had a very fast race car.”

Bowyer, who was scored 35th in the final race rundown, said his bad luck started a few laps before he made hard contact with the wall to bring out the yellow flag.

“I got tore up passing a lapper and then all of a sudden we had a loose wheel, I think it was a loose wheel, and then we went back out and broke something in the front end and it was two different things,” Bowyer explained.

“When we pitted it was something in the rear, obviously, the right-rear, the left-rear was loose, it was all out of control, and then all of a sudden we went back out it was fine, so I took back off and then I think something in the left-front broke, it just went straight – whether I ran over something, I don’t know.

“I’m just sick for Aric (Almirola). He had that race won. It was his win and unfortunately his teammate had trouble and took him out of it.”

Almirola was leading and appeared to have the win in hand when Bowyer’s caution bunched the field. On the ensuing restart, a multi-car wreck erupted that collected Almirola and left eventual-winner Chase Elliott in the lead.

Bowyer falls to the bottom four in the playoff standings and will almost have to certainly win at either Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway next week or at Kansas Speedway - his home NASCAR track - if he wants to advance to the next round.

From the editor, also read:

Next article
Kevin Harvick: "I'd rather win" and "don't really care about points"

Previous article

Kevin Harvick: "I'd rather win" and "don't really care about points"

Next article

Hamlin says second at Dover "a good start in right direction"

Hamlin says second at Dover "a good start in right direction"
Load comments

About this article

Series NASCAR Cup
Event Dover II
Drivers Clint Bowyer
Teams Stewart-Haas Racing
Author Tim Southers