Clint Bowyer, the experienced driver for Richard Childress Racing, surprised everyone after he took the Sylvania 300, the first event in the Chase for the Sprint Cup 2010.
This race was held at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Bowyer was not among the favorites to win this race.
Bowyer, who has only won three races in the highest rated category in the NASCAR series, was regarded as a pilot with very few chances of winning a single race once the Chase got underway. And certainly he was not expected to win the first of the 10-race series that will decide this season’s champion.
Bowyer was able to turn these low expectations into a very good opportunity. Bowyer drove his car at his best and was able to put down a great race. The driver behind the Chevrolet Impala #33 was able to make it to the end of the race without facing too many hardships.
Bowyer was the last driver to earn a spot in the racers to actually make it into the Chase, but still managed to hit the second best spot in this race’s starting grid. From the flag down, the #33 driver kept on pushing the leader, who had won the pole position, Brad Keselowksi.
Keselowski was unable to resist the very high pace and had to give into the first position. This forced the poleman to give up the top positions. At the end, Keselowski would finished 18th in the race.
Bowyer kept moving very swiftly and held the first place with a firm and well established driving style. He was in the front of the helm for 177 laps. With this, Bowyer not only won the race but also received a special recognition for been the racer who leaded the way for more laps.
Lap after lap, Bowyer was putting on an impeccable driving skill show for the fans, and he was able to keep of his pursuers from taking the first spot.
Later, a fierce rivalry between Bowyer and Tony Stewart became the focus of the event for several laps. Neither driver was willing to compromise on their chances to win the race. Both made the decision to stay on track for as many laps as possible, playing their odds on how much fuel they had left in their tanks.
As Bowyer neared the end of the scheduled 300 laps, both Stewart and Bowyer were still going at it. Bowyer knew how to resist Stewart’s assaults while saving fuel. For his part, Stewart didn’t since at the end he ran out of gasoline and finished 24th.
Without the pressure from Stewart behind him, Bowyer was able to keep on with his pace until the end of the race. Thus, the Richard Childress Racing driver managed to surprise and cross the finish line first. Denny Hamlin arrived second, followed by Jamie McMurray.
With this win, Clint Bowyer breaks his streak after 88 races without a victory and ranks second in the drivers’ standings with 5195 points.
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