Bowyer Bounces Back in Fontana

Clint Bowyer

“I’m happy to get things turned around after the last two weeks we had." (Photo: Getty Images)

Clint Bowyer was able to put the last two weeks of controversy behind him Sunday afternoon and drive to a second place finish behind race winner Tony Stewart in the Pepsi Max 400 at Auto Club Speedway.

After being the center of attention in a series of penalties, appeals and rules conversation, Bowyer was glad to be able to perform Sunday behind the wheel.

“I’m happy to get things turned around after the last two weeks we had,” said Bowyer. “I’m frustrated. I want to redeem myself. We’re a race-winning team and we need to go out and prove that that last one wasn’t a hoax.”

After opening the Chase with a victory in New Hampshire that was unfortunately tainted by the post race rules infraction and subsequent penalties and appeals, Bowyer thought it extremely important to turn in a solid performance.

“A good run was crucial for our race team after what had happened with our win, and we got that," Bowyer said, "but I was frustrated I didn’t get a win.

"I really, really wanted to win just to set the record straight on what had happened with the last win.”

Bowyer and the No. 33 team had to do without crew chief Shane Wilson, who began his four race suspension on Sunday. But Richard Childress Racing’s vice president of competition Scott Miller stepped in and helped guide the team to the solid finish.

“I was really worried this was going to be a major struggle being without my crew chief, but Scott Miller and everybody filled in well,” said Bowyer.

Bowyer has to hope the fill-in crew will continue to hit on all cylinders in the next three weeks as Wilson sits out and can only hope the outcome will be half as good as what was put forth on Sunday at ACS.

“It was a good race. We were strong,” Bowyer said. “I passed Jimmie Johnson on the last lap, and it felt really good. I didn't know what to expect, to be honest with you, without our crew chief and everything. I've never been without a crew chief and never been in that situation. But Scott filled in very well.”

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