Bowyer Posts a 23rd-Place Finish in Zaxby's Chevrolet at Richmond RICHMOND, Virginia (April 30, 2010) -- Clint Bowyer finished 23rd in Friday's Bubba Burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway despite piloting a...
Bowyer Posts a 23rd-Place Finish in Zaxby's Chevrolet at Richmond
RICHMOND, Virginia (April 30, 2010) -- Clint Bowyer finished 23rd in Friday's Bubba Burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway despite piloting a ill-handling No. 21 Zaxby's Chevrolet.
The less-than-desired result moved car owner Richard Childress up one position, to 15th, in the NNS Owner's Point Standings, just 16 markers shy of 14th.
With a full day of on-track activity scheduled at the .75-mile short track on Friday, Bowyer spent much of the day transitioning between the No. 21 Zaxby's Chevrolet in the NNS and the No. 33 BB&T Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Bowyer, a former Richmond winner in both the NNS and the NSCS, started Friday night's Bubba Burger 250 in the 21st position in front of an estimated 55,000 race fans.
When the green flag dropped, Bowyer worked with spotter Mike Dillon to navigate his way around race traffic as the sun began to set over the Richmond, Va.,-based short track. However, within ten laps of the 250-lap race, Bowyer reported that the Zaxby's Chevrolet had become extremely loose. Crew chief Dan Deeringhoff made the call to pit during the first of seven caution periods on lap 16 for four Goodyear tires, fuel, air pressure and track bar adjustments.
Restarting the race 30th, Bowyer was able to work his way into the top 20 over the next 20 circuits. However, changing track conditions caused the car to become tight. The No. 21 Zaxby's Chevrolet fell one lap down to the leader on lap 83 as Bowyer wrestled with the ill-handling racecar.
The team pitted on lap 99 to try and improve driving conditions for Bowyer. Although the changes helped, but Bowyer & Co. could not catch a break, missing out on the Lucky Dog Award on three separate occasions, and, therefore, remained off the lead lap.
Bowyer was running 22nd, two laps down, on lap 246 when the caution flag was displayed for the seventh and final time of the race, setting the field for a green-white-checkered flag finish and extending the race two laps past the advertised distance of 250 laps. Deeringhoff made the call to service the No. 21 Zaxby's Chevrolet with four fresh Goodyear tires and an air pressure adjustment, placing Bowyer in the 21st position for the green-white-checker shootout.
With four cars on the same lap as the Zaxby's Chevrolet, Bowyer followed Dillon's advice to keep all four fenders on the car and drove to a 23rd-place finish.
Brad Keselowski earned his second NNS victory of 2010, while Greg Biffle finished second. Jamie McMurray, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards rounded out the top five.
The next NASCAR Nationwide Series race is the Royal Purple 200 presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts at Darlington Raceway on Friday, May 7.
"We just couldn't catch a break tonight. We needed a Lucky Dog so that we could get back on the lead lap but the right circumstances never came along. The Zaxby's Chevrolet transitioned from tight to loose throughout the race and that was definitely a challenge."