Mid-Race Incident Spoils Top-Five Finish for Bowyer/No. 21 Zaxby's Chevy FORT WORTH, Texas (April 19, 2010) -- Despite running competitively in the top five for much of Monday's O'Reilly 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race at Texas Motor...
Mid-Race Incident Spoils Top-Five Finish for Bowyer/No. 21 Zaxby's Chevy
FORT WORTH, Texas (April 19, 2010) -- Despite running competitively in the top five for much of Monday's O'Reilly 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race at Texas Motor Speedway, Clint Bowyer brought the No. 21 Zaxby's Chevrolet to a less-than-desired 35th-place finish following a mid-race incident.
Car owner Richard Childress is now 20th in the NNS Owner's Point Standings, trailing the 19th position by 31 markers.
Bowyer earned an outside front row starting berth after qualifying second on Friday but the Emporia, Kan., native had to wait until Monday for the 200-lap NNS race after heavy rainfall in the Forth Worth, Texas, area caused NASCAR and Texas Motor Speedway officials to postpone Saturday's race.
Bowyer, who competed in the same-day Samsung 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas, served as the in-race reporter for ESPN2's coverage of the seventh NNS race of the season.
When the green flag dropped, Bowyer settled into the fifth position in front of an estimated 44,500 race fans.
The 2008 NNS champion made the first of two pit stops on lap 28 while the race was under caution. Crew chief Dan Deeringhoff made the call to take on four Goodyear tires and make right-rear air pressure and track bar adjustments. After quick work by the No. 21 Zaxby's team, Bowyer restarted the O'Reilly 300 in the fourth position.
Following the pit stop, Deeringhoff and spotter Mike Dillon reported to Bowyer that his lap times were consistent and competitive with the race leader. He was running in the top five when Deeringhoff made the call to pit for a second time on lap 68 for four Goodyear tires and additional air pressure and track bar adjustments.
When green flag racing resumed on lap 74, fifth-place runner Bowyer battled for position with the fourth-place contender, but the ensuing side-by-side, fender-banging action caused significant right-front fender damage to the No. 21 Zaxby's Chevrolet. Four laps later the damaged fender took its toll on the right-front tire, causing Bowyer to make contact with the turn three wall and ending Team RCR's day early. Bowyer finished 35th in the final running order, 120 laps down.
Kyle Busch earned his fifth consecutive victory at Texas Motor Speedway, finishing ahead of Joey Logano, Reed Sorenson, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick.
The next NASCAR Nationwide Series race is the Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, April 24.
"A frustrating finish today in both the Sprint Cup Series and the Nationwide Series. The Zaxby's Chevrolet was strong enough to finish in the top five today so a DNF is very disappointing. I hate it for all of the guys on the 21 team."