Bowyer Battles to Second at Texas

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Bowyer has climbed to 12th in Sprint Cup Series points. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Clint Bowyer had to dodge a few bullets on his way to a runner-up finish in Saturday night’s Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

The Richard Childress Racing driver finished more than eight seconds behind winner Matt Kenseth but was pleased with the effort, which included a few challenges along the way in the 500-mile grind.

Bowyer’s biggest obstacle was a near-accident with Brian Vickers while the duo was racing down the frontstretch, an incident the Kansas native took total blame for after the race.

“I got into the 83 car [of Vickers],” Bowyer said of the lap-249 close encounter, “and about ruined our night.  I just forced the issue a little too much, got loose underneath and got into him.  Did you see that?  I was dirt-tracking it - at its best, in the middle of the straightaway.  (You're) not supposed to do that.”

When the checkered flag flew, Bowyer had scored his third straight top-10 finish; a run that helped him move from 24th to 12th in the Sprint Cup Series point standings.

“We’ve come on, we’ve had some solid runs and we’re clicking now,” said Bowyer.  “That’s what it takes in this sport.  You have to get on a little bit of a momentum swing, get some confidence built back up and you have to start with that.
 
“…just so proud of everybody for digging in deep, bringing good equipment to the race track and having good finishes.”

Bowyer credits RCR teammates Kevin Harvick and newcomer Paul Menard for the assist in getting the No. 33 team turned around.

“You've got to give credit where credit's due,” Bowyer said.  “It's the setup that we have in our car.  We owe a lot to them.  They (Menard and the No. 27 team) came over to RCR and had a good package, a good baseline package.  We didn't go down that path for a few weeks.  We were out to lunch. We switched over to their stuff and you know, it's worked out well for us.”

Overall, Bowyer is pleased with the direction of his race team and certainly the performances over the last month or so. He’s hoping that momentum can continue when the Sprint Cup Series heads to Talladega Superspeedway for this Sunday’s second restrictor-plate race of the season.

“It was a good night, a good weekend,” Bowyer said.  "We'll go to Talladega and feel pretty good about our plate package with what we had at Daytona before the engine problems.  I think that's behind us and I look for a great run on Sunday by this whole team.”

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