MWR ATLANTA 500 RACE REPORT

 

RESULTS

8th        Brett Moffitt

24th      Clint Bowyer

 

Brett Moffitt Summary: No. 55 Aaron’s 60th Anniversary Dream Machine Toyota driver Brett Moffitt finished eighth in Sunday’s 500-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started 22nd and held his position in the first half of the race as the team worked to improve the No. 55’s turning. The Grimes, Iowa, native fell off the lead lap twice but quickly regained the lap earning the free pass on both occasions. His scariest moment of the race came with less than 70 laps remaining when he dodged a multicar accident on the backstretch. He moved to 12th with 50 laps remaining and even led lap 295. A timely pit stop before a caution propelled the 22-year-old to third place with less than 25 laps left in the race. Moffitt gave way on the restart and dropped to ninth. However, another caution gave Moffitt and the No. 55 team one more opportunity to make a short-run adjustment. On the final restart with 15 laps to go, Moffitt restarted 12th and made a daring three-wide move past Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne. Over the final eight laps, Moffitt staved off a fierce charge by Brad Keselowski to post a career best eighth-place finish. The Aaron’s Dream Machine returns to action Sunday with Brian Vickers behind the wheel of the No. 55 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

 

  • Started 22nd and finished eighth
  • Held his position in the first half of the race
  • Fell off the lead lap twice but quickly earned the free pass laps later
  • Raced in 12th with 50 laps to go; restarted third with less than 25 laps to go
  • Dropped to 12th after pit stop then made a daring three-wide move past Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne
  • Sunday marked Moffitt’s eighth career start; led lap 295 

 

MOFFITT: “This is truly amazing. We showed good speed all weekend long. We just couldn’t bust off a quick lap on fresh tires and we kept adjusting on the car during the race. It wasn’t where we needed it to start and I kept learning how to be more aggressive on the restarts and use other people’s air to benefit me. I can’t thank Michael Waltrip Racing, Toyota and Aaron’s enough for this opportunity. Definitely learned a lot out there. Wish I could be in the car more often.”

 

What did you learn today? “It’s a lot of little things. We can all go fast in a car by ourselves, but it’s racing around 42 other guys and keeping the car under control. Atlanta has a lot of tire fall off, so being able to run the majority of a run – 40, 50 laps – and still be good at the end paid off a lot.”

 

Clint Bowyer Race Summary: No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished 24th in the 500-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started 25th and quickly worked his way into the top 15. Bowyer climbed to ninth with 70 laps remaining, then narrowly avoided damage in a multicar accident on the backstretch. Bowyer began posting fast lap times as he battled for fifth, but the Kansas driver reported his engine was losing power. Bowyer fell off the pace and did not pit with 25 laps to go, putting him in second place. As he dropped through the field to avoid trouble after the restart, Bowyer was collected in a multi-car crash on lap 306. It took the team only three laps of caution to fix the damage before the No. 15 returned to the track. The 5-hour ENERGY team returns to action Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

 

  • Started 25th and finished 24th
  • Climbed to ninth with 70 to go – avoided backstretch accident
  • Reported issues under hood battling for fifth
  • Did not pit and moved to second
  • Caught up in multicar accident as he dropped through the field attempting to avoid trouble
  • Crew made repairs to heavily damaged car and returned Bowyer to the track three laps later

 

BOWYER: “Man, I’m disappointed. Once again, I thought we had a car that was going to contend for the victory and then something went wrong. I was trying to nurse it home and we got caught up in someone else’s wreck. My guys made the car better throughout the race and it looked really promising.”

 

RACE NOTES

  • Jimmie Johnson edged Kevin Harvick by 1.8 seconds
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top five finishers
  • Ten cautions slowed the race for 54 laps
  • Race featured 28 lead changes among 12 drivers

 

RESULTS

1          Jimmie Johnson

2          Kevin Harvick

3          Dale Earnhardt Jr.

4          Joey Logano

5          Matt Kenseth

6          Martin Truex Jr.

7          AJ Allmendinger

8          Brett Moffitt

9          Brad Keselowski

10        Ryan Newman

11        Aric Almirola

12        Carl Edwards

13        Paul Menard

14        Kasey Kahne

15        Casey Mears

16        Danica Patrick

17        Regan Smith

18        David Ragan

19        Trevor Bayne

20        Justin Allgaier

21        Sam Hornish Jr.

22        David Gilliland

23        Alex Bowman

24        Clint Bowyer

25        Greg Biffle

26        Kyle Larson

27        Michael McDowell

28        Brendan Gaughan

29        Michael Annett

30        Tony Stewart

31        Mike Bliss

32        Josh Wise

33        Joe Nemechek

34        J.J. Yeley

35        Jeb Burton

36        Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

37        Cole Whitt

38        Denny Hamlin

39        Austin Dillon

40        Jamie McMurray

41        Jeff Gordon

42        Ron Hornaday Jr.

43        Landon Cassill

 

            DRIVER                      POINTS/WINS

1          Joey Logano               88        1

2          Jimmie Johnson          87        1

3          Kevin Harvick              86        0

4          Dale Earnhardt Jr.       84        0

5          Martin Truex Jr.           75        0

6          Casey Mears               68        0

7          Kasey Kahne               65        0

8          AJ Allmendinger          62        0

9          Aric Almirola                62        0

10        Clint Bowyer                58        0

11        David Gilliland             56        0

12        Sam Hornish Jr.          55        0

13        Greg Biffle                   54        0

14        Carl Edwards               54        0

15        David Ragan                53        0

16        Danica Patrick             51        0

17        Paul Menard                50        0

18        Matt Kenseth               49        0

19        Denny Hamlin             48        0

20        Michael Annett            47        0

21        Ryan Newman            40        0

22        Brad Keselowski         39        0

23        Trevor Bayne              39        0

24        Austin Dillon                35        0

25        Justin Allgaier             31        0

26        Michael McDowell      30        0

27        Cole Whitt                   29        0

28        Kyle Larson                 28        0

29        Ricky Stenhouse Jr.    23        0

30        Alex Bowman              21        0

31        Jamie McMurray         21        0

32        Tony Stewart               16        0

33        Jeff Gordon                 16        0

34        Josh Wise                   12        0

35        Jeb Burton                   9          0


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