Bowyer Wheels Damaged No. 21 Zaxby's Chevrolet to Seventh-Place Finish at Bristol BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Clint Bowyer and the No. 21 Zaxby's Chevrolet team overcame a mid-race accident to finish seventh in Saturday night's Food City 250 at Bristol ...
Bowyer Wheels Damaged No. 21 Zaxby's Chevrolet to Seventh-Place Finish at Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Clint Bowyer and the No. 21 Zaxby's Chevrolet team overcame a mid-race accident to finish seventh in Saturday night's Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
The comeback finish moves the Richard Childress Racing team up two spots, to 19th, in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Owner Point Standings.
Friday's one-day NNS show began with the sole practice session that morning where Bowyer recorded the second-fastest time. He followed that up by posting the eighth-fastest time in qualifying later that afternoon.
Tight-quarter, short-track racing began shortly after 8 p.m. local time at the 'World's Fastest Half Mile.' Bowyer proved the strength of his No.21 Impala early on as he drove his way into the top five prior to a lap-56 caution. But, a slow pit stop, under the ensuing caution period, resulted in Bowyer restarting 15th on lap 62.
As racing resumed, Bowyer made a march to the front and took over the top spot on lap 155. However, his night took a turn for the worse two laps later when two lapped cars, racing for position in front of the Zaxby's Chevrolet, wrecked on the frontstretch. As the incident developed, Mike Wallace slammed on his brakes and the 2008 NNS champion drove into the back of Wallace's No. 01 Chevy. The end result was significant right-front damage to Bowyer's machine. After hitting pit road for repairs, Bowyer returned to the track in 22nd for the lap-165 restart.
Bowyer & Company were on a mission, even with a damaged racecar, to get back into contention over the last 85 laps. They did just that as they were scored 15th on lap 182, ninth on lap 226 and sixth on lap 236. The race's last yellow flag waved two laps later, setting the stage for a 10-lap shootout to the checkered flag.
Bowyer restarted sixth on lap 240, picking up two spots on the first lap, but faded three positions over the final eight laps to finish seventh.
Kyle Busch earned the victory, beating Jason Leffler to the start/finish line by .798 seconds. Elliot Sadler, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Carl Edwards rounded out the remaining top-five finishers.
Bowyer's will pilot the No. 21 Zaxby's Chevrolet in two weekends, when NASCAR's junior circuit visits Atlanta Motor Speedway.
"Racing our way to the front was fun tonight. Danny Stockman (crew chief) and the No. 21 boys built a fast car. Once I found the line that worked for me, it was go cat go. I don't think anyone would've beaten us if we missed that wreck. We weren't points racing and were just racing for the win. You can't blame anyone for getting caught up in the accident. It's just hard-fought Bristol night racing at its best. We'll get after it in Atlanta and try to get this Zaxby's Chevrolet to Victory Lane."