RICHMOND, Va. – Clint Bowyer wasn’t pleased after finishing third in Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway.
Bowyer was running eventual winner Martin Truex Jr. down for the lead in the closing laps until he lost the handling of his car and finally faded back.
It left a bad taste in the Stewart-Haas Racing driver’s mouth after his Richmond weekend.
“We still struggle,” Bowyer said. “We struggle on Fridays. We don’t unload good. We are definitely getting beat speed wise. Long run wise we slowly but surely run them down. It is frustrating.
“You get out there and I ran him down. I was faster on a long run than him but by the time you get to him your stuff is pretty wore out and with this aero package you are so aero dependent behind those cars that you get terrible tight.”
Bowyer got locked in a battle with second-place finisher Joey Logano, which did not help his cause to catch Truex Jr.
“When I got behind him I knew that wasn’t the place to be so I changed that,” he said. “I lost. It sucks. Then the 22 got to my outside. I knew better than to let him out there but I felt like when I was running high that I was probably losing ground to him. In hopes of still trying to win the race I needed to stay on the bottom and hope that he slipped up in traffic or something. Next thing you know I lost my nose down there and the 22 got to the outside. If I didn’t give up that spot the 4 was gonna get me too. You had to give up one to save one.”
Despite his disappointment, Bowyer has four straight top-10 finishes this season.