MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
Martinsville Speedway – Martinsville, Va.
Monday, March 26, 2018
Race Winner: Clint Bowyer
Team: No. 14 – Haas Automation Demo Day Ford
Owner: Stewart-Haas Racing
Crew Chief: Mike Bugarewicz
IN THE WORDS OF THE WINNER – “This is a place where I’ve gotten so close. I wanted to win this grandfather clock so bad. Brian Pattie came over. We got so close back in 2012 and to see him and everybody – everybody on this team at Stewart-Haas Racing. Obviously, (Kevin) Harvick came on strong at the end of last year, but it was a learning year for our team, the 14 bunch. For whatever reason, it felt right driving up here. It’s such a cool place to be able to drive up through the countryside on a two-lane road and think about the race. I told him this morning, I was like, ‘Dammit, we’ve got to get our picture in victory lane.’ He told me he wanted a checkered flag. Let me tell you something, Gene Haas, Tony Stewart, to give this old dog a fresh chance and fresh blood with a new opportunity. Finally to get the 14 in victory lane is just a weight off the shoulders. It’s been a long time. You start to question if you can get it done or not. To have it come at this place meant a lot.”
-- Clint Bowyer
Clint Bowyer won the 69th annual STP 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway Monday afternoon, a race delayed by one day due to inclement weather. For Bowyer, it was his ninth win in 439 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) starts and his first this year.
It was Bowyer’s first victory since October 13, 2012 at Charlotte, ending a 190-race winless streak. It also was his first win in 25 career MENCS starts at Martinsville Speedway.
Kyle Busch was second while Ryan Blaney was third. For Busch, it was his fourth straight finish in the top-3 and his fifth top-10 showing in six races this year.
Denny Hamlin won Stage 1 of today’s race while Ryan Blaney took Stage 2.
With wins to their credit this year, Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer have clinched spots in the 2018 MENCS playoffs, which culminates with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on Sunday, November 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.In 12 career starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Clint Bowyer has finished in the top-10 six times and the top-5 on three occasions. This includes a second-place finish in the 2012 Ford 400
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
The XFINITY Series was off this weekend. They will return to action on Saturday, April 7 with the My Bariatrics Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.
With a win to his credit this season, rookie Tyler Reddick has clinched a spot in the NXS playoffs, which concludes with the Ford EcoBoost 300 championship race on Saturday, November 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
John Hunter Nemechek won the 20th annual Alpha Energy Solutions 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race Monday at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. It is his sixth victory in 79 career NCWTS races.
Kyle Benjamin was second while Brett Moffitt claimed third. It was Moffitt’s third straight top-three showing.
With wins this year, NCWTS regulars Johnny Sauter and Brett Moffitt have secured spots in the NCWTS playoffs, which concludes with the Ford EcoBoost 200 championship race on Friday, November 16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.