MWR TALLADEGA RESULTS:

30th      Clint Bowyer

36th      Michael Waltrip

 

Clint Bowyer Race Summary: No. 15 PEAK Commercial and Industrial Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished 30th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started tenth and his strategy of dropping to the back of the field to avoid trouble paid off early as he dodged a 14-car pileup on the backstretch near the 50-lap mark. Bowyer stayed at the back of the field until 40 laps remaining, then jetted to the front of the field breaking into the top five. As the laps wound down Bowyer raced in ninth as 11 cars lined up single file to determine the winner. The leaders broke formation with two laps to go. In the frenzied racing, another car clipped Bowyer causing the field to speed by as he collected himself. He completed the lap but took the checkered flag in 30th. The No.15 team returns to action Sunday at Bowyer’s home track Kansas Speedway.   

 

  • Started 10th and finished 30th
  • Dropped to back at start and avoided 14-car wreck
  • Began racing hard with 50 to go - climbed into the top five with 40 to go
  • Ran in ninth in the final laps as the leaders ran in a single-file, 11-car line
  • Clipped on the final lap, causing the field to speed past on the final lap 

 

BOWYER: “We had a great PEAK Toyota today. I knew it was going to be wild in the final laps and I knew we had something for them. It ended up being just as wild as I expected. I need to see a replay, but we just got hit and it cost us a great finish.”

 

Michael Waltrip Race Summary: No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota driver Michael Waltrip finished 36th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Waltrip qualified 23rd for his 58th start on the 2.66-mile superspeedway, but hopes for a good finish were dashed early. A blown engine forced Brian Scott into a spin in front of Waltrip on lap 19 leaving Waltrip no room to maneuver. The No. 55 suffered extensive front-end damage and spent about 40 laps in the garage for repairs. Waltrip returned to competition on lap 57 and raced until the finish. The No. 55 team returns to action Sunday at Kansas Speedway when David Ragan takes over the Aaron’s Dream Machine for the rest of the 2015 season.

 

  • Qualified 23rdth and finished 36th
  • Blown engine forced Brian Scott into a spin in front of Waltrip on lap 19 leaving Waltrip no room to maneuver
  • No. 55 spent about 40 laps in the garage for front-end repairs
  • Sunday marked Waltrip’s 58th start at Talladega

 

WALTRIP: “It looked like the 33 (Brian Scott) blew up and then he spun out and we’re creeping by on the bottom and he just turned right into my lap. Nothing I can do, but the team worked hard to replace the whole front end, radiator and everything just to get back out there. The Aaron’s Dream Machine was a lot of fun to drive and I wish we could have raced more.”

 

RACE NOTES

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. edge Jimmie Johnson by 0.158 seconds to earn his first victory of 2015
  • Paul Menard, Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top-five finishers
  • Six cautions slowed the race for 23 laps
  • Race featured 27 lead changes among 15 drivers

 

RESULTS

1          Dale Earnhardt Jr.

2          Jimmie Johnson

3          Paul Menard

4          Ryan Blaney

5          Martin Truex Jr.

6          Sam Hornish Jr.

7          Ryan Newman

8          Kevin Harvick

9          Denny Hamlin

10        Josh Wise

11        Jamie McMurray

12        Kurt Busch

13        Cole Whitt

14        J.J. Yeley

15        Aric Almirola

16        Alex Bowman

17        AJ Allmendinger

18        Matt DiBenedetto

19        Tony Stewart

20        David Gilliland

21        Danica Patrick

22        Brad Keselowski

23        Justin Allgaier

24        Chris Buescher

25        Matt Kenseth

26        Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

27        Bobby Labonte

28        Casey Mears

29        Michael Annett

30        Clint Bowyer

31        Jeff Gordon

32        Carl Edwards

33        Joey Logano

34        Kasey Kahne

35        Austin Dillon

36        Michael Waltrip

37        Greg Biffle

38        David Ragan

39        Landon Cassill

40        Brendan Gaughan

41        Trevor Bayne

42        Kyle Larson

43        Brian Scott

 

CHASE STANDINGS

1          Kevin Harvick              394      2

2          Jimmie Johnson          342      2

3          Joey Logano               335      1

4          Dale Earnhardt Jr.       319      1

5          Brad Keselowski         305      1

6          Matt Kenseth               292      1

7          Denny Hamlin             281      1

8          Kurt Busch                  255      1

9          Martin Truex Jr.           354      0

10        Jamie McMurray         297      0

11        Kasey Kahne              286      0

12        Paul Menard                280      0

13        Aric Almirola                279      0

14        Jeff Gordon                 277      0

15        Ryan Newman             271      0

16        Danica Patrick             253      0

17        Clint Bowyer                249      0         

18        Carl Edwards              240      0         

19        AJ Allmendinger          229      0         

20        David Ragan               224      0         

21        Casey Mears               217      0         

22        Greg Biffle                   210      0         

23        Ricky Stenhouse Jr.    207      0         

24        Kyle Larson                 207      0         

25        Austin Dillon                203      0         

26        David Gilliland             200      0         

27        Justin Allgaier             193      0         

28        Sam Hornish Jr.          182      0         

29        Trevor Bayne              177      0         

30        Tony Stewart               174      0          


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