Bowyer Earns Solid Top-10 Finish in RCR's Zaxby's Chevrolet at Charlotte 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion Clint Bowyer battled his way to a 10th-place finish in Saturday's Tech-Net Auto Services 300 NNS race after starting 26th in Richard...
Bowyer Earns Solid Top-10 Finish in RCR's Zaxby's Chevrolet at Charlotte
2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion Clint Bowyer battled his way to a 10th-place finish in Saturday's Tech-Net Auto Services 300 NNS race after starting 26th in Richard Childress Racing's No. 21 Zaxby's Chevrolet.
The finish increased car owner Richard Childress' spot in the NNS Owners' Point Standings by two positions, to 20th.
The Charlotte race weekend began on Thursday with two NNS practice sessions. Bowyer was 20th (31.064 seconds/173.835 mph) on the speed charts at the conclusion of the first practice session and 23rd (31.155 seconds/173.327 mph) at the conclusion of the second and final practice session.
While the Zaxby's team focused on race trim rather than qualifying trim in Thursday's practice sessions, the Emporia, Kan., native was able to muster a 29.726-second lap around the 1.5-mile oval for a speed of 181.659 mph, in Saturday morning's qualifying session to earn him a 26th-place starting berth for Saturday afternoon's Tech-Net Auto Services 300.
Upon taking the green flag in front of an estimated 40,000 race fans, it did not take long for Bowyer to gain positions, working up to 11th by lap 25. The team, led by crew chief Dan Deeringhoff, added fuel, four tires and made air pressure and chassis adjustments to the No. 21 Zaxby's Chevrolet during a round of green-flag pit stops on lap 57.
Although Bowyer was listed as 16th on the scoring pylon following his pit stop, it did not take long for him to break into the top ten. Spotter Mike Dillon noted that Bowyer's yellow and red machine was extremely fast in the corners and able to gain ground on the racetrack.
The team pitted again for tires, fuel and adjustments aimed at improving the handling of the racecar on laps 101 and 138. Bowyer remained in or near the top10 the entire time.
In the closing laps of the race, Bowyer was guided down pit road for his last pit stop of the day during a caution period on lap 187, taking on fuel and right-side tires only in hopes of making the car tighter for the final ten laps of the 200-lap race and was in the 10th position when the race restarted on lap 191.
However, the race would not stay under green-flag conditions for long as a wreck on the restart caused yet another caution. Bowyer was running ninth when the race restarted on lap 196 but lost two positions on the racetrack and was scored in 11th when the caution flag was displayed on lap 197, extending the race three laps past its advertised distance.
On the final restart, Bowyer was able to gain one position on the racetrack to finish 10th in the final running order.
Kyle Busch earned his fifth NNS victory of 2010, while Brad Keselowski finished second. Joey Logano, Justin Allgaier and Ryan Newman rounded out the top five.
The next NASCAR Nationwide Series race is the Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday, June 5.
"It's all we had for them today. I wish we could have been in contention for the win but I'm happy to leave the track with no damage on the car this week."