One of the most charismatic guys in the garage, Clint Bowyer, snapped a 190-race winless streak taking home a grandfather clock and leading 215 laps leaving the competition in the dust through the second half of the race at Martinsville. Bowyer was quick to burn it down in the corner and ready to jump out of the car and celebrate with his team and son Cash. A feel-good Monday for NASCAR spectators who had to wait an additional 24 hours to get their fix after snow forced the start of the race to be delayed.
It was classic short track racing at the clip in Southern Virginia. Tempers flared, bumpers were caved in and the best kind of racing showed through at the half-mile racetrack. Denny Hamlin dominated stage one, but his car soon fell off and late contact with the No, 4 forced him to a 12th place finish. Ryan Blaney led 145 laps and took stage two looking sharp for a young driver and came away 3rd at the short-track.
Martinsville is the place every driver wants to have on their resume. “To have it (win) come at this place means a lot. This is a place that’s an acquired taste, when I first got here I was a duck out of water and learned a lot over the years. To keep Kyle Busch one of the best in the business behind you those closing laps and hold him off with the nerves through the roof and my brother cheering me on just like old times, its unbelievable,” Bowyer said post-race.
Stewart-Haas Racing keeps clicking away winning their 4th of 6 races this year, the first for the No. 14 since Tony Stewart last did it at Sonoma in 2016. Kevin Harvick who won the first three, came away with a top-5 finish on the day as well. Props to the No. 47 team of AJ Allmendinger for JTG Daugherty Racing who ran in the top ten all day and came away with an 8th-place finish, the road course specialist loves coming to Martinsville just like Bowyer and Hamlin.
Clint Bowyer didn’t mind the wait for cars to hit the track and enjoyed getting back in victory lane for the first time since 2012 taking home a grandfather clock in the process. Great day to be a racing fan.
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