Clint Bowyer details the race with teammate Kevin Harvick at Dover International Speedway
5 weeks ago, Clint Bowyer snapped a 190-race winless streak. On Sunday, he found himself in position to claim yet another win while leading the field in the closing laps.
However, Bowyer was loose. His car wasn’t setup to run in the open air at the front of the field. To that point, Bowyer and the team had adjusted the car to run in traffic. When he got out front, the car didn’t handle as he needed it to.
Meanwhile, Kevin Harvick had been at the front all day. The stage 1 and 2 winner had already adjusted his car to run in the clean are. Harvick worked his way around Bowyer to claim his 4th win of the 2018 season.
“I was holding my own, as loose as I was. I about lost it off of [turn] two. I was obviously going for a win and giving it my all,” Clint Bowyer said in the Dover International Speedway media center after running 2nd.
“You just can’t buzz the tires like that on a track like this. Every time you do that, it’s a step. It wasn’t two laps after that, he was all over me and I was in trouble.”
“When you’re loose like that getting into the corner and those guys get behind ya you’re in trouble. Then, obviously when you’re loose and they get to your outside you gotta give it to ’em [or] they’re gunna turn ya around.”
“You hate to lose them. We can beat him at this race track. We come back in the fall when all the marbles are in line, maybe we can.”
“You knew he was going to be one that you were going to have to beat for the win.”
“If I could do it over again. Hopefully, I would have had some runs in clean air and be able to adjust your car that way. All day long we were adjusting to where we were and that was mired in traffic.”
“You get out front and the old girl just turns a lot better. You need to make adjustments according to that. We didn’t have that luxury, as he did.”
“Sheer speed wise, he was a little bit better than us all weekend long. Hey, we ran 2nd! This is a huge confidence and momentum builder for our #14 team.”
Next week, Clint Bowyer heads home. The 38-year-old Emporia, Kansas native is excited to return to Kansas Speedway. He has an average finish of 16th at the speedway with a best finish of 2nd.
Bowyer’s yet to pick up a win at his home track. But, there’s never been a better opportunity to do so with the current strength at the Stewart-Haas camp. Bowyer himself has 7 top-10 runs in the last 10 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
“I’m excited to go to my home track next weekend. Kansas. That’s God’s country.”