Camping World Truck Series

NCWTS: In a Pinch? Call Clint Bowyer

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LONG POND, Pa. — Clint Bowyer had no practice before climbing into John Wes Townley’s No. 05 Zaxby’s Toyota Tundra for Saturday’s Pocono Mountains 150 to substitute for the injured John Wes Townley.

Bowyer would joke prior to the race that it would take Townley a couple days until the four people he is seeing would go back to one. All joking aside, Bowyer was able to go out and qualify 10th. When the green flag was dropped at the Pocono Raceway, Bowyer had only three laps behind the wheel of the truck– leaving many speculating how Bowyer would do. By lap 14, however; Bowyer made his presence known.

When the caution flag flew for the first time for Ray Black Jr., Bowyer came in with the rest of leaders, and when the stops were complete, he found himself back in the 12th position.

The Michael Waltip Racing driver’s experience in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series would prevail quickly by moving back up to fourth. By lap 35, Bowyer had his truck on point. However, Bowyer needed to pit one more time, and with 21 laps to go, he brought his truck in taking two tires and fuel and returning to the track in 8th position.

A late race caution would give Bowyer a chance to get his Zaxby’s truck back into the mix. While many of the front runners came in, Bowyer elected to stay out, placing his truck back on point and looking for a win.

This set up a nine lap shootout with Austin Dillon. Bowyer elected to start on the outside and that may have been his race-winning mistake. Dillon, who had a strong truck all day, quickly made work of Bowyer by passing him and driving away.

The drama wasn’t over yet when another caution flag flew with seven laps to go when Tyler Reddick and German Quiroga Jr. got into each other, giving Bowyer another opportunity to get back to the lead. Going back to green with three laps to go, Bowyer restarted on the inside of Dillon, trying everything he could to get around Dillon’s dominant truck.

As you know the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is known for its dramatic finishes and today was no different, when yet another caution flag flew for Riddick repaying Quiroga back for the previous caution by spinning him. NASCAR was quick to call Reddick into the garage area telling him to park his truck for aggressive driving.

Now looking at a green-white-checkered finish, Bowyer found himself once again restarting next to Dillon for the win. Dillon once again chose to restart on the outside; however this time Bowyer didn’t get the restart he needed, quickly getting shuffled back to fourth after being passed by Johnny Sauter and Joey Coulter. When the checkered flag flew, Bowyer brought his truck home fourth- not too bad for a driver that got a phone call at 10:00pm on Friday night asking if he could help.

It was overall a great day for Bowyer and the Zaxby’s Toyota, proving that if you’re in a pinch, he just may be your go to guy.

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About Cathy Brown

Cathy Brown is a Contributing Writer in the NASCAR department for Rubbings Racing and can be followed on Twitter @SoCalRaceGirl14. A native of Southern California, Brown has been following NASCAR since 1979 and IndyCar since the late 80's.

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