March 3, 2019
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, Nevada
Clint Bowyer qualified in the 17th position for Sunday’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in his No. 14 One Cure Ford Mustang, for Stewart-Haas Racing. On lap 15 his radio had been quiet thus far, as he was making his way around the track, though he had lost one spot on the track and was scored in the 18th position. As the green flag run began to lengthen, he had fallen back to the 20th position by lap 40. He discussed with his team what changes to make on on their first set of Green Flag pit stops. On lap 40 he would pit for four tires fuel, and air pressure adjustments to tighten up his free-handling car.
By lap 65 he was pleased with his car as it was running better, along with his lap times to back it up.
The 1st caution flag would fly on lap 80 signaling the end of the first stage. Bowyer would be scored in the 16th position. His crew would call him to pit road under caution, for changes that would hopefully give the car more speed.
On lap 102, he radioed into his crew, “We are definitely more competitive here.” He was scored in the 13th position. The No.14 would make another green flag pit stop on lap 125, for four tires and fuel. His car was getting tight towards the end of the run. He was scored in the 15th position.
The 2nd caution would fly at the end of Stage 2 on lap 160. Bowyer would be scored in the 15th position. Once again his car had fallen tight in the closing laps of the stage. He would pit for adjustments to help with the handling.
Bowyer would make his final green flag pit stop of the race on lap 215 for four tires and fuel.
He would finish the race in the 14th position. He could be heard on the radio after the checkered flag saying, “ What a boring (explicit) race this was.”
Race Winner Joey Logano
A quote from Bowyer’s, Stewart-Haas Racing post-race report:
“That was a tough afternoon for us. We made a lot of changes throughout the weekend, but we fought tight most of the race. We trimmed our car out and got it a bit better, but it was tough to pass today, real tough. We have a lot of work to do, but Phoenix next week will be better.”
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February 24, 2019
Atlanta Motor Speedway
85-85-155= 325 laps or 500 miles
Clint Bowyer qualified in the 3rd position in his Haas Automation Ford Mustang. There would be a competition caution called for lap 35 due to rain the night before. On the pace laps, Crew Chief Mike Bugarewicz told his driver and team, “We all have a lot to learn with this package.” The field was trying out a new package to be run over the course of the coming weeks. By lap 10 the No.14 Ford Mustang was loose. Bowyer slipped back to the 5th position. On lap 19 all four of the Stewart-Haas Racing Fords would be in the top 10.
Bowyer would hit pit road on lap 35 when the 1st caution flag flew for the competition caution. He would acquire four tires, fuel, and air pressure adjustments. On lap 62 the driver would notify his team that there was a hole the size of a tennis ball on the nose. However, this had not hurt his lap times any. He was scored in the 9th position. He would continue to ride around the track fluctuating between 9th and 10th position, while discussing with his crew chief how to make the car better at the end of stage break. Just before the end of stage break on lap 81, Bowyer informed his team, “We are on top of the track.”
The 2nd caution would fly on lap 85 signaling the end of stage 1. Bowyer would be scored in the 10th position gaining one bonus point. He would hit pit road for four tires, fuel, and a chassis adjustment, ready for the race restart on lap 90 from the 10th position. The team would call Bowyer to pit road on lap 125 for a scheduled green flag pit stop from the 8th position. Stage two was pretty quiet around the track.
The 3rd caution would fly on lap 170 signaling the end of the second stage. Bowyer would be scored in the 7th position gaining 4 bonus points. Bowyer would hit pit road for four tires and fuel. He would return to the track in the 5th position ready for the lap 175 restart.
The 4th caution would fly on lap 221 as the No.18 of Kyle Busch cut down a tire. Bowyer was scored in the 8th position. The team would pit under caution for four tires and fuel. He told the team his car would not turn like it needed to. The race returned to green on lap 228. Things were pretty quiet on the track as green flag pit stops began again, and Bowyer hit pit road on lap 269, from the 8th position. He told his crew that the car was too loose that run. After inspection, the crew found a cut right rear tire.
While green flag pit stops continued the race got interesting. As the No.47 of Ryan Preece and No.51 of BJ McLeod were pitting they collided, destroying both cars. The race would restart with 24 laps remaining. Bowyer was scored in the 7th position.
Clint Bowyer would finish in the 5th position.
Race Winner Brad Keselowski.
A quote from Clint Bowyer’s, Stewart-Haas Racing post-race report:
“Our run wasn’t pretty. I knew our car had great speed, obviously, from practice and qualifying. Racing is a different beast, especially at Atlanta. You have to take care of those Goodyears. The way I had it, it felt like I was on top of the track skating around too much. We made good air pressure adjustments and got the grip level back in my racecar to where I could compete. It is just weird. You see cars that are kind of up, cars that are down, cars that are dragging, cars that aren’t. Trying to figure out the right scenario for this is going to be interesting. You have to remember, this is a one-off race. There is no track that we go to anymore that is as slick as this and as hard on tires. It will be interesting to see what Las Vegas brings.”
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February 17th, 2019
Daytona International Speedway
Gander RV Duel
60 Laps = 150 miles
60, 60, 80 = 200 laps
Daytona Track Facts:
2.5 mile trio-val runs 40 feet wide with 12 to 30 foot apron turns.
In the turns, the banking is 31 degrees.
Pit Road is 1,600 feet long, 50 feet wide.
Clint Bowyer begins his third year with Stewart-Haas Racing in the number 14 Rush Truck Centers Ford Mustang. During qualifying for the Gander RV Duels on Sunday, February 10th, Bowyer qualified 8th.The front row was set for the 500 during this round of qualifying. The pole went to William Bryon with last year's pole winner Alex Bowman on the outside pole.
Bowyer would compete in the 2nd Duel starting on the outside pole in the 2nd spot. Bowyer would come close to winning the 2nd Duel finishing 2nd behind Ford teammate Joey Logano. He would have a solid 6th place starting position.
Prior to the 2019 Daytona 500, he had 26 starts at Daytona. His stats were as follows: 5 top-5 finishes, 12 top 10s, and 5 DNFs. He has led a total of 159 laps. He has started as high as 3rd and as low as 37th. Bowyer would be hoping to steer clear of the “Big One” (large superspeedway wreck) and have a great finish.
On the pace laps, Crew Chief Mike Bugarewicz could be heard on the radio rallying the No.14 Rush Truck Center/ Mobil1 Ford Mustang by saying, “Let’s leave this girl in the museum when we are done here.” Fluctuating with the draft he would hook up with his teammates and be scored in the 9th position on lap 13. All Ford cars would prepare to make their first pit stop of the race on lap15. Bowyer would hit pit road from the 5th position for fuel only.
Corey Lajoie in the No.32 car, shredding a tire, would bring out the 1st caution on lap 20. The No.14 team would elect to stay out on track under the caution. The race restarted on lap 23, all four Stewart-Haas Racing cars would be scored in the 2nd through 5th positions. Bowyer would be in the 4th position. As the race progressed, Bowyer would express his displeasure with how slow the No.17 of Ricky Stenhouse Jr seemed to be running and holding up a line of cars.
The 2nd caution flag flew on lap 49, for the No.17 of Ricky Stenhouse Jr, No.1 of Kurt Busch, and No.43 of Bubba Wallace. It seemed that Stenhouse took the air off the Busch car causing him to spin and collect Wallace. Bowyer would narrowly miss this wreck and was scored in the 16th position. He would hit pit road under caution on lap 51 for four tires and fuel ready for the race restart on lap 53.
It was a quick shootout of 7 laps to end Stage One on lap 60. The 3rd caution of the race would fly as Stage One came to an end. Bowyer would gain no bonus points as he was scored in the 20th position. Stage One winner was the No.18 of Kyle Busch. Crew Chief Mike Bugarewicz and Spotter Brett Griffin told their driver to stay out under the caution. He would restart the race on lap 64 from the 9th position. His three Stewart-Haas teammates were also ahead of him.
On lap 73 he and his Ford teammates would hit pit road for their routine pit stops. Bowyer would acquire fuel only, informing his team, “I’m tighter this run for some reason.” The race would run pretty smooth until lap 106 when the No.27 of Casey Mears and the No.96 of Parker Kligerman would make contact and dance together.
Bowyer was running in the 16th position, he would stay out ready for the lap 110 restart. Another 10 lap shootout would take place before the end of Stage Two caution on lap 120. Bowyer would just miss out on getting bonus points as he was scored in the 11th position. The 4th caution flag flew on lap 120 signaling the end of Stage 2.
Lap 125 would bring the race restart as Bowyer would rally his spotter, “All right get your talking game on. It’s time to liven up.” He would restart the race in the 8th position.
With 50 laps remaining in the Great American Race, Bowyer would be scored in the 4th position. Just before the team was getting ready to pit under green, Bugarewicz reminds his driver, “Don’t slide them when we pit. Leave on me.” The No.14 needed to keep his tires clean.
The 5th caution flag would fly on lap 159 as drivers were trying to hit pit road: the No.31 of Tyler Reddick, No.17 of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. No.48 of Jimmie Johnson, and No.51 of B.J. McLeod, as well as the No.52 of Cody Ware. Bowyer would hit pit road under caution for four tires and fuel.
This caution would bring out some controversy on the lap 166 restart. A few cars that were in front of the field would have to serve penalties thus moving the right side of the field forward leaving the left side stationary causing them to lose position. Spotter Brett Griffin was voicing his opinion as was driver Clint Bowyer. Bowyer commented, “That ain’t right. It’s not fair.” He also asked, “So nothing’s wrong?” To which Griffin replied, "A lot is wrong, but they are not fixing it.”
Debris would give us the 6th caution on lap 174. Bowyer was scored in the 8th position ready for the lap 177 restart as the team elected to stay out.
On lap 180 the No.42 of Kyle Larson cutting a tire down and spinning would bring out the 7th caution. Bowyer would say, “These guys are going to go single file again. If we can, we need to get up.” He was running in the 3rd position as he was assessing the last green flag run. The No.2 car of Brad Keselowski would bring the 8th caution out on lap 187 for a tire going down. This would set up another 10 lap shootout to the end of the race.
On the lap 190 restart everything would go well as the field got up to speed, but on lap 191 the “Big One” would strike. The 9th caution - this would clear out most of the field involving at least 15 cars. The No.21 of Paul Menard, No.12 of Ryan Blaney, No.95 of Matt DiBenedetto, No. 9 of Chase Elliott, No.19 of Martin Truex Jr, No.6 of Ryan Newman, No.41 of Daniel Suarez, No. 31 of Tyler Reddick, No.8 of Daniel Hemric, No.37 of Chris Buescher, No.10 of Aric Almirola, No.20 of Erik Jones, No.3 of Austin Dillon, No.38 of David Ragan, and No.47 of Ryan Preece.
This caution would bring out the first red flag of the race lasting 24 minutes and 59 seconds. While under the red flag, Bowyer asked if he won would the Thunder Birds fly him to New York City? The race would restart on lap 195.
On lap 196 the 10th caution of the race would fly, as the No.17 of Ricky Stenhouse Jr would take out the No.42 of Kyle Larson and No.4 of Kevin Harvick. Bowyer would restart the race with 3 laps to go on lap 197 from the 5th position. He should have started from the the 3rd position but it seems as though Nascar got the line up wrong again.
On the restart, Bowyer decided it was Checkers or Wreckers. He went to make the pass on the No.34 car of Michael McDowell, did not have him cleared fully and spun himself out. This would end his Daytona 500.
He would finish 20th.
Race Winner: Denny Hamlin
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