Whether or not Clint Bowyer received team orders not to bump-and-run teammate Kevin Harvick in the closing laps of the Busch race at Martinsville Speedway was a mystery. But in the end, Bowyer stayed on his teammate's bumper allowing Harvick to...
Whether or not Clint Bowyer received team orders not to bump-and-run teammate Kevin Harvick in the closing laps of the Busch race at Martinsville Speedway was a mystery. But in the end, Bowyer stayed on his teammate's bumper allowing Harvick to grab his first career win at the short track in Virginia.
The win was Harvick's series high fourth and 21rst of his career.
"We've come pretty close here a couple times in the trucks and never were able to finish it off," said Harvick. "It was just an awesome day, not just for me but for all of RCR. All these guys built brand new short-track cars and to have it come down to myself and Clint, that was pretty awesome."
Harvick had a dominant car but a track record 19 cautions for 85 laps slowed him. Lapped traffic and restarts was not his friend, which allowed Bowyer to stick close to him as the race wound down. There seemed to be several opportunities for Bowyer to pass Harvick; but he never pushed the issue.
"The last two weeks I've had the dominant car and got burnt with it," said Bowyer.
Severe weather cancelled NASCAR Nextel Cup practice at Pocono International Raceway but Bowyer almost didn't make the race. Bowyer was supposed to catch a ride from his teammate, Harvick, but a miscommunication between the two caused Bowyer to miss that ride. Richard Childress Racing had to scramble to get another way for Bowyer to make it to Virginia.
He made it in the nick of time and ended up garnering the pole for the race.
Fellow Cup racers Denny Hamlin, Reed Sorenson and Kyle Busch were late to Martinsville and missed qualifying - they started from the rear of the field.
Hamlin, Sorenson and Johnny Sauter complete the top five. "With those Childress cars starting where they qualified, they had it easier than me because I had to come from the back," Hamlin said. "I used my car up a bunch trying to get to the front. Once I got there, it was pretty well used up." Harvick continues to lead series points by a wide berth; he has a 348 point lead on second place Carl Edwards. Bowyer, Hamlin and JJ Yeley complete the top five.