The Chase! NASCAR Star Clint Bowyer Claims Richmond Glory, Shoots Into Sprint Cup Championship Contention With Fellow Oakley Drivers
Clint Bowyer may be known as a likeable, down home driver. And, he is, for the most part, underestimated.
But make no mistake: Oakley’s NASCAR Star isn’t shooting for second.
In what was a stunning victory for his team and the series overall, Clint triumphed at the Auto Parts 400 in Richmond to send him screaming into the Chase with a real shot at the coveted Sprint Cup.
During his first season with the developing Michael Waltrip Racing Team – after departing from his former team, Richard Childress Racing (one of the top tier squads) – the former Motocross rider is raising eyebrows with his position just six points out of first place.
“Unbelievable,” Clint said, rocking his Oakley eyewear, racing fire suit, racing gloves, racing boots and racing base layer. “To be able to win again, everything’s new.”
And, like past races, his success was no fluke.
With a blown tire on Lap 235, Clint and his crew rebounded in grand fashion, smashing up to the second-place runner and fellow Oakley driver, Tony Stewart, by the time Lap 301 came around.
It only took 11 laps for O’s speed demon to overtake then-leader Ryan Newman into the second turn.
With a bold decision not to pit, Clint’s team made efforts to conserve gas in the last 10 laps – finally going dry after he burned his way extravagantly across the finish.
The impressive victory set the stage for the much-anticipated Chase – where Clint and several other Oakley drivers will be vying for ultimate glory in the sport.
Joining him will be O’s defending Champ Stewart and Martin Truex Jr. (“Smoke” with his Oakley Racing gloves, boots, base layer and eyewear; and Martin in his fire suit, gloves, boots, base layer and eyewear) – with Clint in position to play the role of dark horse.
With both his driving and his team in top form, many in the know wouldn’t be shocked to see the driver of the No. 15 Toyota make a charge for the top hardware.
The bottom line is: Oakley drivers are charging in the Chase pumped and with the means to potentially make more history.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Claims Second at Richmond NATIONWIDE Race
Although the ‘big boys’ may be on a high after qualifying for the Chase, another rising Oakley Star was making more noise of his own.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who’s in solid position to challenge for the Nationwide title, capped off another successful race in Richmond with a solid second place finish.
Starting from Pole, the O racer was in the leading pack – eventually pushed to second after green on lap 234.
A battle for the runner up finish ensued with Kurt Busch – but Ricky emerged victorious in that head-to-head matchup, taking the second spot and remaining in a solid Championship position.
Congratulations go out to Clint, “Smoke” and Martin Truex Jr. for their Sprint Cup Chase qualifications!