NASCAR Sprint Cup series: Clint Bowyer wins Toyota/Save Mart 350 in SonomaBy Angel Cuala on Jun 25, 2012 in Racing, Sports, United States •
Clint Bowyer won the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup series on Sunday, June 24, 2012 in Somona, California, grabbing his first Sonoma win in his seventh race and his sixth NASCAR series cup in his entire career.
Clint Bowyer, showing off his trophy, after he
won NASCAR Sprint Cup series in Sonoma
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As announced at NASCAR.com that day, Clint Bowyer picked up his win on a green-white-checkered finish passing Kyle Busch on the winding 1.99-mile road course at Sonoma, which took the event two laps past its scheduled distance of 110 laps.
Apparently, Bowyer, who had his first win with his new team Michael Waltrip Racing this year, dominated the race by leading 71 of the 112 laps including the final 39, with Tony Stewart landing as second, passing Busch on the final lap and finished .829 seconds behind Bowyer‘s No. 15 Toyota.
At Lap 111, both Bowyer and Busch restarted on old tires and Stewart took the green flag with a new set of tires. Stewart was able to overtake Busch but was not successful in catching Bowyer over the final two green-flag laps, with Brian Vickers and Jimmie Johnson landing at fourth and fifth, respectively.
“Kurt raced me clean, he bumped me and roughed me up, but never did anything to jeopardize either one of us,” I’m super excited for everybody involved. To switch teams like I did was a huge risk and a chance for me, and it was a chance to showcase my talents.” Bowyer was quoted at ESPN after winning the race.
“I’ve had good teammates and good stuff before, but never like this. This is a young group, Michael stuck it out, and I’m telling you, he’s fixing to reap the benefits. He’s worked hard.” Bowyer added, who is also the sixteenth driver to win at Sonoma in the 24th race.
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