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Bowyer Rights RCR Ship With Dover Win

Nationwide Series
Sunday, September 27, 2009

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Clint Bowyer celebrates winning the Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway
Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images
Clint Bowyer was on a mission Saturday -- to rejuvenate the NASCAR Nationwide Series program of Richard Childress Racing's No. 29 Chevrolet.

Mission accomplished. After passing polesitter Kyle Busch for the lead on Lap 118 at Dover International Speedway, Bowyer led the final 83 laps of the Dover 200 and beat Mike Bliss to the finish line by 1.319 seconds to win his second series race of the season and the eighth of his career.

On a day that didn't fulfill the promise of rain until the race was over, Busch, who came home fourth and widened his series lead to 211 points over fifth-place finisher Carl Edwards, wasn't the lightning rod for controversy this time. That distinction went to third-place finisher Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin, who spun into the wall on Lap 190 after contact from Keselowski's Chevrolet.

After the race, Hamlin confronted Keselowski on pit road, but crew members broke up the shoving match before it could escalate.

Team owner Richard Childress asked Bowyer to replace Stephen Leicht in the No. 29 and run a three-race stretch starting at Dover to establish a baseline of consistency for the car. Bowyer, who won the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship last year, has shared driving duties with Leicht and Jeff Burton this season.

"Stephen's a wonderful racecar driver -- he's done a good job for us this year," Bowyer said. "This is tough times. We haven't been where we wanted to be with this car. We needed to get this car running better, and Dover is one of my best racetracks, so it is fitting for me to get in that car and race this race.

"I hated that he didn't get his chance, but he will. We need to get this thing running better for him, so he has an equal opportunity of developing as a young driver and showing his talent."

Bowyer's crew chief, Doug Randolph, said the team made adjustments to correct a tight handling condition in Bowyer's car during the first cycle of green-flag pit stops, and from that point on, Bowyer was the class of the field.

The incident between Keselowski and Hamlin brought out the fourth and final caution of the race. Keselowski was attempting to pass Hamlin to the inside when the contact occurred.

"Oh, the 88 (Keselowski), he just (stinks) real bad," Hamlin said after driving his damaged Toyota to the garage. "He just ran into us."

Keselowski countered after the race during a radio interview: "He cut us off. That's what he always does."

Hamlin heard the remark and asked, "Did you say I cut you off?"

Keselowski retorted, "You always do," and the drivers traded insults until Tony Eury Jr., who works with Keselowski's JR Motorsports team on which his father (Tony Eury Sr.) serves a crew chief, stepped in to defuse the situation.

Results

FIN

ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 16 29 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 190/5 200 Running
2 3 11 Mike Bliss Toyota Ridemakerz 170/0 200 Running
3 12 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 170/5 200 Running
4 1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota NOS Energy Drink 170/10 200 Running
5 2 60 Carl Edwards Ford Scotts Wild Bird Food / Songbird Selections 160/5 200 Running
6 15 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips / Comcast 150/0 200 Running
7 10 10 Reed Sorenson Toyota AccuDoc Solutions 146/0 200 Running
8 5 99 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 142/0 200 Running
9 13 32 David Reutimann Toyota Dollar General 138/0 200 Running
10 18 27 Jason Keller Ford Depend Products / Rite Aid 134/0 200 Running
11 11 16 Matt Kenseth Ford CitiFinancial 130/0 200 Running
12 7 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet US Fidelis 127/0 200 Running
13 42 15 Michael Annett * Toyota Pilot Travel Centers / Lumber Liquidators 124/0 200 Running
14 32 40 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Stop Repair Bills.com 121/0 200 Running
15 29 234 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver's 118/0 200 Running
16 24 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 115/0 200 Running
17 17 6 Erik Darnell * Ford Northern Tool + Equipment 112/0 198 Running
18 8 09 John Wes Townley * Ford Zaxby's 109/0 198 Running
19 36 62 Brendan Gaughan * Chevrolet 5-Hour Energy Extra Strength 106/0 198 Running
20 30 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 103/0 197 Running
21 20 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Lagina Plumbing / Eldora Speedway / Aloft Hotels 100/0 196 Running
22 35 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet WSFS Bank 97/0 195 Running
23 33 23 Ken Butler III * Chevrolet Aaron's Dream Machine 94/0 195 Running
24 40 24 Eric McClure Ford Hefty 91/0 195 Running
25 26 12 Justin Allgaier * Dodge Verizon Wireless 88/0 192 Running
26 38 61 Matt Carter Ford Specialty Racing 85/0 191 Running
27 4 20 Denny Hamlin Toyota Doosan Infracore 82/0 189 Accident
28 37 81 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Dodge AA Auto Warranty 79/0 185 Running
29 23 196 Michael McDowell * Dodge Fischer Honda 76/0 150 Running
30 6 33 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Copart 73/0 144 Accident
31 14 31 Tim Andrews Chevrolet Circle K Thirstbuster 70/0 100 Engine
32 28 52 Brad Teague Chevrolet Harrington Raceway & Casino 67/0 51 Ignition
33 22 07 Jarit Johnson Chevrolet SK Motorsports 64/0 35 Ignition
34 41 26 Danny O'Quinn Jr. Dodge Fischer Honda 61/0 34 Transmission
35 27 87 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet NEMCO Motorsports 58/0 25 Ignition
36 25 05 Casey Atwood Chevrolet 31-W Insulation 55/0 10 Vibration
37 43 102 Andy Ponstein Chevrolet Corrie Stott Racing.com 52/0 6 Electrical
38 9 192 Dennis Setzer Dodge Dusty's Collision 49/0 4 Handling
39 31 91 Chase Miller Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 46/0 3 Brakes
40 19 90 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 43/0 3 Handling
41 39 47 Coleman Pressley Toyota Construction Jobs.com 40/0 2 Susp.
42 34 49 Mark Green Chevrolet GetMoreVacations.com 37/0 2 Electrical
43 21 141 Kevin Hamlin Chevrolet Circle K Thirstbuster / FastWax.com 34/0 1 Engine

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