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Drivers waited for what they thought would be an optimal final minute run. Unfortunately, they all failed to reach the finish line in time to record a final round time.
Clint Bowyer placed seventh at Martinsville Speedway after two pit road speeding penalties . Bowyer , who placed seventh in a failed attempt to defend his STP 500 win, would like better pit road conditions to work with. “It’s so hard to practice pit road speed,” a dispirited Bowyer said on pit road
Clint Bowyer placed seventh at Martinsville Speedway after two pit road speeding penalties . Bowyer wasn’t the only driver to salvage a decent finish after a pit road penalty . After an uncontrolled tire penalty on Lap 265, Denny Hamlin roared back to finish fifth for the second time in
MARTINSVILLE, Va. —places at least some of the blame on his two pit road speeding penalties Sunday at Martinsville Speedway with what happened Saturday at the half-mile short track.
Bowyer, who placed seventh in a failed attempt to defend his STP 500 win, would like better pit road conditions to work with.
“It’s so hard to practice pit road speed,” a dispirited Bowyer said on pit road after his second top 10 of the season. “You’ve got (Gander Outdoors) Trucks on pit road when we’re trying to practice that. I’m not making any excuses. When you’re trying to pinch it for every little thing out of it. It’s hard this week to practice pit road speed because of all the stuff on pit road.”
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Clint Bowyer placed seventh at Martinsville Speedway after two pit road speeding penalties . Clint Bowyer is in his 14th full season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and his third with Stewart-Haas Bowyer snapped a 190-race winless streak in 2018 when he won at Martinsville in March, then
After he placed sixth in Stage 1 and eighth in Stage 2, Bowyer’s No. 14 was caught speeding the first time on Lap 314 after he pitted from third place. Bowyer was able to make it up to 13th in the next 60 laps.
But on his next trip to pit road, Bowyer was again dinged for speeding.
“I guess we need to get our stuff together on being on the same page with that pit road stuff,” Bowyer said. “That’s such an important thing, such a big part of this style of racing where track position is everything. We push it to the limit.”
Before he pitted for a final time with just under 55 laps to go, Bowyer was told by crew chief Mike Bugarewicz they had figured out he wasn’t running close enough to the pit wall in the section the penalties occurred.
Hamlin on Martinsville: 'There are no secrets anymore'
Martinsville Speedway is always a welcome site for Virginia native Denny Hamlin. The pride of Chesterfield has racked up five race victories in 26 career starts at the .526-mile short track, landing him ninth on the all-time Martinsville wins list and second among active drivers behind Jimmie Johnson’s nine triumphs. His 9.8 average finish makes it his third-best track, right behind Darlington Raceway and another Virginia short track, Richmond Raceway. “I look forward to going to Martinsville every time,” Hamlin said. “Obviously, it‘s one of my best tracks.
After showing signs of sheer mediocrity during each practice and qualifying, Hamlin qualified 10th in the field. Despite the penalties handed to Hamlin 's crew, Denny Hamlin is locked into in the 2014 Chase due to his win At Martinsville Speedway, Hamlin stayed up in the top ten nearly all race long.
Clint Bowyer placed seventh at Martinsville Speedway after two pit road speeding penalties . Denny Hamlin tops chart in final practice at Texas . Hamlin doesn't think this will prevent drivers from waiting to go out until the last possible minute, though. Denny Hamlin tops Joe Gibbs Racing 1-2
Bowyer didn’t speed and restarted eighth.
The Stewart-Haas Racing driver claimed his first top 10 since he placed fifth at Atlanta.
“I don’t think anybody had anything for (race winner),” Bowyer said. “But I think we were a top-three car for sure. We just kept beating ourselves.”
Bowyer wasn’t the only driver to salvage a decent finish after a pit road penalty.
After an uncontrolled tire penalty on Lap 265,roared back to finish fifth. He’s finished fifth in two of the last three races.
“We lost a lot of spots on pit road even before that, and then just went to the back like we do most races and came back to fifth,” said Hamlin. “When you don’t have the best car, you have to pretty much execute perfectly. We didn’t, but it wouldn’t have mattered because the best car didn’t falter.”
Hamlin had stage finishes of fourth and third before the pit penalty occurred
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Clint Bowyer says he remembers when he was racing Late Models that when one car took out another car on Running second when he was spun by Denny Hamlin on a restart with two laps remaining in the scheduled distance, Bowyer went to pit road and, after a brief red-flag period, returned to the
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver has two consecutive top fives at Martinsville and 14 in his 27 career starts.
“We kind of got back to where we kind of belonged, and that was the end of it,” Hamlin said. “We have to get a little better with the handling to handle right where (Keselowski is) at.”
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