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3rd       Clint Bowyer

4th       Brian Vickers

25th     Michael Waltrip

 

Clint Bowyer Race Summary:   No. 15 PEAK Antifreeze/Motor Oil Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished third in Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started 28th and bided his time at the back of the field for the first half of the race dodging several multicar accidents. As the battle intensified on the track, Bowyer began climbing through the field moving to eighth with 32 laps remaining. Bowyer entered the top five late in the race and drove in third with teammate Brian Vickers pushing from behind on the final lap. As the duo appeared ready to make a bid for the victory on the backstretch a debris caution froze the field leaving Bowyer and Vickers with third and fourth-place finishes. Bowyer and the No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota team return to action Sunday at Kansas Speedway where the Emporia native makes his 300th start.

 

  • Started 28th and finished third.
  • Raced in the back the first half of the race avoiding accidents.
  • 8th with 32 laps remaining.
  • Raced third with teammate Brian Vickers pushing on the final lap.
  • Caution flew before duo could make a bid for the victory.

 

BOWYER: How much did you want a chance to race back to the checkered flag?

“When you’ve got cars crashing and sitting there dead in the water right at the start-finish then you have to make that call. Bummer situation though because I just liked what I saw with (Greg) Biffle -- you knew he was going to pull out and make a move. I had my teammate (Brian Vickers) right behind me and I was really looking forward to that opportunity when Biffle did pull out and make a move, I thought that was a chance for me to get a good push from my teammate and try to pounce on those guys while they were side-by-side and stalled out. It just didn’t happen. Congratulations to Denny Hamlin and Toyota -- this is a big win for anybody. Great crowd today and just a fun race track.”

 

How important is this finish after last weekend’s race at Richmond?

“After last weekend -- blew three tires and burnt the car to the ground, it was a pretty crummy weekend. To get things turned back around on a positive note and I just told Rob (Kauffman, team owner), my boss -- I turned to him and looked at all three of his cars sitting out here and I said, ‘Did you really just finish Talladega with not a scratch on all three cars, that’s pretty lucky.”

 

How crazy was the racing today?

“It’s just Talladega. So exciting there at the end. It’s a shame. What do you do? NASCAR tried to do everything they could do to let it finish but it’s dangerous if there’s cars sitting there at the start finish line. They did the right thing. It was going to be interesting. I thought I was in a really good situation. I had my teammate right behind me. You know (Greg) Biffle was going to try something and when he did I think we could’ve pounced on it and at least got a good push. That kind of situation that I liked about it is that finish line being so far out. I knew Biffle, like I said, he was going to try something and having that push behind me that I knew was going to stick with me I think could’ve been something. All in all, hey, I just told Rob (Kauffman, team co-owner), ‘Hey, do you really have all three of these things in one piece at the end of Talladega? You’re pretty lucky.’ Hats off to Denny (Hamlin) and Toyota. They did a good job and a good day for us. It was a good turnaround. We’ve needed a good run here and after last week it was a pretty dismal week for us and a good way to get things bounced back.”

 

Brian Vickers Summary: No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine driver Brian Vickers finished fourth in Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started 18th and ran in the top 15 the first third of the race and in the top five by the halfway mark. Vickers made two trips to the back of the pack, but moved to the front in the closing laps leading three times for six laps. Vickers raced behind MWR teammate Clint Bowyer on the white flag lap and the two Toyotas appeared ready to make a bid for the victory. A caution froze the field before the pair could make a move leaving the MWR drivers with third and fourth-place finishes. The No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine team returns to action Sunday at Kansas Speedway. 

 

  • Started 18th and finished fourth.
  • Led three times for six laps.
  • Lined up behind teammate Clint Bowyer on the green-white-checkered finish but caution froze the field and ended the race with the teammates third and fourth.
  • Second top-five in 2014 and fourth top 10.

 

VICKERS: How strong was the car today? “The guys did a great job and we just had a little mishap -- obviously you hate to have those. Everyone on the Aaron’s Dream team did a great job for the Aaron’s Dream Weekend. We were so close to winning this thing. The Camry was strong. Once we got our track position back we were able to hang in there. I thought me and Clint (Bowyer) were going to jump to the outside and the 47 (AJ Allmendinger) got me sideways and we lost momentum, but it was still a good day when you’re disappointed with fourth.”

 

Were you and Clint Bowyer going to try for the win in the final corner? “Oh absolutely. I didn’t want to go by myself and we at least needed two guys if not three. I knew the 47 (AJ Allmendinger) was going to go low, but I think that him and I had enough momentum out of four that we could have made something happen, but it’s still a long ways back around. We were going to have to have someone fill in the gap behind us, but I’m sure they would have. It’s such a tough decision and then once the 47 got me sideways the momentum was broken for the rest of the lap.”

 

What does this race say about Michael Waltrip Racing?

“MWR (Michael Waltrip Racing) is a great organization and we’ve come a long way and we compete week in and week out with all these teams. It’s more than just us and these guys on this pit box -- there’s a lot of hard working people back home at MWR in the race shop, but also at Costa Mesa TRD (Toyota Racing Development) out in California building us good engines.”

 

Michael Waltrip Race Summary:   No. 66 BlueDEF Toyota driver Michael Waltrip finished 25th in Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver raced at the back of the field for most of the race dodging several multicar accidents on the 2.66-mile oval. The crew made adjustments throughout the race to fix a loose-handling condition, but nothing seemed to alleviate the problem. Waltrip was never able to battle with the leaders and finished 25th.  

 

  • Started 27th and finished 25th.
  • Raced at back of the field most of the race.
  • Fought a loose-handling race car.
  • Avoided several multicar accidents.
  • Sunday marked his 776th Sprint Cup start.

 

WALTRIP: “We were just way too loose all day. I haven’t had a car this loose at Talladega in a long time. We had a bad vibration at the beginning of the race that got us behind on our adjustments. We could never get to the draft to see if we had anything for the leaders. I need to thank PEAK BlueDEF for Sponsoring my Toyota this weekend.”

 

RACE NOTES

  • Denny Hamlin won the Aaron’s 499.
  • Greg Biffle, Bowyer, Vickers and AJ Allmendiger rounded out the top five.
  • Race lasted 3 hours and 17 minutes.
  • Eight cautions slowed the race for 31 laps.
  • There were 48 lead changes among 23 drivers.

 

RESULTS

1          Denny Hamlin

2          Greg Biffle

3          Clint Bowyer

4          Brian Vickers

5          AJ Allmendinger

6          Paul Menard

7          Kevin Harvick

8          Landon Cassill

9          Kasey Kahne

10        Kyle Larson

11        Aric Almirola

12        Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

13        Kyle Busch

14        Casey Mears

15        Austin Dillon

16        Martin Truex Jr.

17        Michael Annett

18        Marcos Ambrose

19        Ryan Newman

20        Josh Wise

21        Cole Whitt

22        Danica Patrick

23        Terry Labonte

24        Jimmie Johnson

25        Michael Waltrip

26        Dale Earnhardt Jr.

27        Justin Allgaier

28        Alex Bowman

29        Jamie McMurray

30        Carl Edwards

31        Ryan Truex

32        Joey Logano

33        Kurt Busch

34        Reed Sorenson

35        David Ragan

36        Michael McDowell

37        Matt Kenseth

38        Brad Keselowski

39        Jeff Gordon

40        David Gilliland

41        Trevor Bayne

42        Brian Scott

43        Tony Stewart

 

 

CHASE STANDINGS

(Bold are race winners)

 

RK       DRIVER                      POINTS/BEHIND

1          Joey Logano               305                  -42

2          Kevin Harvick             258                  -89

3          Kyle Busch                  343                  -4

4          Dale Earnhardt Jr.      328                  -19

5          Carl Edwards              328                  -19

6          Brad Keselowski         294                  -53

7          Denny Hamlin             292                  -55

8          Kurt Busch                  196                  -151

9          Jeff Gordon                347                  ---

10        Matt Kenseth               344                  -3

11        Jimmie Johnson         304                  -43

12        Greg Biffle                  300                  -47

13        Ryan Newman            299                  -48

14        Brian Vickers              297                  -50

15        Kyle Larson                 286                  -61

16        Austin Dillon                281                  -66

 

17        AJ Allmendinger         279                  -68

18        Marcos Ambrose        268                  -79

19        Paul Menard               265                  -82

20        Clint Bowyer               261                  -86

21        Kasey Kahne              252                  -95

22        Tony Stewart              244                  -103

22        Casey Mears              244                  -103

24        Aric Almirola               242                  -105

25        Jamie McMurray        241                  -106

26        Ricky Stenhouse Jr.   218                  -129

27        Martin Truex Jr.          209                  -138

28        Justin Allgaier              190                  -157

29        Danica Patrick            176                  -171

30        David Gilliland             152                  -195

31        Michael Annett            144                  -203

32        Alex Bowman             132                  -215

33        Reed Sorenson           131                  -216

34        Cole Whitt                   131                  -216

35        David Ragan               131                  -216


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