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Elated Bowyer Wins At Daytona In Overtime

Nationwide Series
Saturday, July 04, 2009

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Clint Bowyer

With cars spinning wildly behind him in Turn 4, Clint Bowyer claimed his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory of the season and the seventh of his career in Friday night's Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

Bowyer also delivered the first victory of the season for beleaguered Richard Childress Racing, which has suffered cutbacks from Chevrolet in the wake of General Motors' reorganization under bankruptcy.

Bowyer had just taken the white flag during an attempt at a green-white-checkered finish that took the race two laps past its scheduled 100 laps when a six-car wreck froze the field under caution and made a winner of the 2008 series champion, who is running a partial schedule this year.

Kyle Busch was second when the yellow flew and extended his lead in the series standings to 172 points over third-place finisher Carl Edwards. Joey Logano, Busch's teammate, came home fourth, with Kasey Kahne in fifth.

Brad Keselowski, Brian Vickers, rookie Justin Allgaier, David Ragan and Kevin Harvick completed the top 10.

Bowyer was ecstatic to record his first win at the 2.5-mile restrictor-plate racetrack.

"I can't begin to tell you what this place means to me, my family," Bowyer said in victory lane. "Everything you ever work for is to come to Daytona, let alone win a race here… The wolves were coming, and (crew chief) Doug (Randolph) made a good call to stay out and not take tires.

"The 18, Kyle gave me a good push right there at the end. Luckily, the caution came out. Who knows what would have happened in that last lap… It's been tough this year. It's been tough on him (Childress). It's been tough on everybody. I'm real proud of everybody at RCR and ECR (Earnhardt-Childress Racing), the engine program -- this is pretty special."

A wreck on Lap 58 knocked Dale Earnhardt Jr. out of the race. Contact from Chase Austin's Chevrolet turned the Dodge of Patrick Sheltra into the outside wall just beyond the exit of Turn 2. Steve Wallace spun while taking evasive action and clobbered Earnhardt's Chevrolet.

"Everybody had blistered their tires on the last run, and I was going to try and sit back and save my tires," Earnhardt said, after bringing his car to the garage. "Guys got together, and it was real, real tight off of (Turn 2). Somebody had to check up, and it caused the crash. It was bound to happen -- everybody's car was driving about the same."

During pit stops under the caution for the wreck, Michael Waltrip, who had come to pit road as the leader, saw his winning chances disappear.

Exiting the pit box, Waltrip's Toyota collided with Mark Green's Chevy, caving in the right side of Waltrip's car. Nevertheless, Waltrip salvaged an 11th-place finish.

Notes: Strong all night, Bowyer led a race-high 48 laps. … Friday's race was the NASCAR Nationwide Series' first use of the double-file restart with lead-lap cars taking the green flag side-by side. … Kerry Earnhardt and Austin escaped injury during a wreck on Lap 77, but both were treated in the infield care center for heat-related issues.

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 1 29 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 195/10 102 Running
2 19 18 Kyle Busch Toyota NOS Energy Drink 175/5 102 Running
3 11 60 Carl Edwards Ford Save-A-Lot 165/0 102 Running
4 23 20 Joey Logano Toyota Sport Clips 160/0 102 Running
5 15 10 Kasey Kahne Toyota McDonald's McCafe 155/0 102 Running
6 4 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Klondike 150/0 102 Running
7 26 32 Brian Vickers Toyota Dollar General 146/0 102 Running
8 31 12 Justin Allgaier * Dodge Verizon Wireless 142/0 102 Running
9 2 6 David Ragan Ford Discount Tire 143/5 102 Running
10 3 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet VFW 134/0 102 Running
11 30 99 Michael Waltrip Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 135/5 102 Running
12 36 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet US Fidelis 127/0 102 Running
13 39 47 Michael McDowell * Toyota Tom's Snacks 124/0 102 Running
14 6 16 Matt Kenseth Ford CitiFinancial 126/5 102 Running
15 37 61 Matt Carter Ford Specialty Racing 118/0 102 Running
16 32 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 120/5 102 Running
17 41 62 Brendan Gaughan * Chevrolet 5-Hour Energy Extra Strength 112/0 102 Running
18 40 11 Scott Lagasse Jr. * Toyota E-Pak Manufacturing 109/0 102 Running
19 24 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 106/0 102 Running
20 12 275 Bobby Gerhart Chevrolet Lucas Oil Products 103/0 102 Running
21 34 40 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Stop Repair B ills.com 100/0 102 Running
22 16 27 Jason Keller Ford Scott Products / Wal-Mart 97/0 102 Running
23 38 234 Tony Raines Chevrolet Gander Mountain / Remington 99/5 102 Running
24 14 87 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet NEMCO Motorsports 91/0 102 Running
25 43 183 John Borneman III Ford Twisted X Boots / Borneman Plastering / Red Line Oil 88/0 101 Accident
26 28 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet Mahindra Tractors 85/0 101 Accident
27 5 42 David Gilliland Dodge ResortQuest.com 82/0 101 Accident
28 33 24 Eric McClure Ford Hefty 84/5 101 Running
29 29 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 76/0 100 Accident
30 42 01 Danny O'Quinn Jr. Chevrolet Venom Energy 73/0 99 Running
31 20 58 Mike Harmon Chevrolet Cavi Clothing / Macy's 70/0 97 Running
32 10 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Lagina Plumbing / Eldora Speedway 67/0 95 Accident
33 18 04 Kertus Davis Chevrolet NuTone Heating & Cooling Products 64/0 94 Accident
34 13 05 Jeff Green Chevrolet Sour Patch 61/0 94 Accident
35 9 15 Michael Annett * Toyota Ventrilo / Pilot Travel Centers 58/0 84 Accident
36 22 09 John Wes Townley * Ford Zaxby's 60/5 81 Running
37 35 07 Chase Austin Chevrolet Cavi Clothing / Macy's 57/5 76 Accident
38 8 31 Kerry Earnhardt Chevrolet Liberty Port 49/0 76 Accident
39 21 49 Mark Green Chevrolet GetMoreVacati ons.com 46/0 62 Accident
40 7 5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Fastenal 43/0 58 Accident
41 27 81 Patrick Sheltra Dodge D.H. Griffin Companies 40/0 57 Accident
42 17 52 Donnie Neuenberger Chevrolet Quaker City Castings 37/0 9 Accident
43 25 90 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 34/0 2 Drive Shaft

* Denotes Rookie

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