Home Win for Bowyer
By: MRN Staff on June 4, 2011 | 4:25 P.M. EST
Clint Bowyer became the first Kansas native to win a NASCAR national series race at Kansas Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)
Clint Bowyer scored the first win of his career at his home track Kansas Speedway when he took the checkered flag in Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
Bowyer, who grew up in nearby Emporia, Kansas, drove the Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevy Silverado to the victory on a hot and sweltering afternoon.
After starting from outside the front row, Bowyer jumped out to the lead and never looked back on his way to scoring the third truck series win of his career.
"So happy to finally be in Victory Lane here,” Bowyer said. “It means the world to me. The fans here are awesome.”
Bowyer will now try for the weekend homecoming sweep in Sunday’s STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race.
“That would be awesome obviously to win anytime in the Sprint Cup Series yet alone here in front of my fans and family,” Bowyer said.
Johnny Sauter finished second, followed in the top 10 by Todd Bodine, James Buescher, Joey Coulter, Busch, Brendan Gaughan, rookie Nelson Piquet Jr., Brad Sweet and Travis Kvapil.
"I knew we had a shot going into the race, but I don’t know where the 2 truck (Bowyer) came from,” said Sauter.
Sauter is now the series point leader by 12 over Cole Whitt with Austin Dillon, Matt Crafton and Timothy Peters the first five.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series now heads to Texas Motor Speedway next Friday night.