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Bowyer, Allmendinger and Wise Transfer To Sprint All-Star Race In Dramatic Fashion

Bowyer, Allmendinger and Wise Transfer To Sprint All-Star Race In Dramatic Fashion

by May 16, 2014 0 comments

CONCORD, NC – Clint Bowyer will transfer to Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star Race after winning the Sprint Showdown on Friday. AJ Allmendinger will also transfer due to a second place. Josh Wise won the fan vote.

This year’s edition of the Sprint Showdown featured many big teams that were fighting for first and second, as well as the fan vote that’d catapult them to the Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday night. Rookies like Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson and others were hungry to try and make their way into their first Sprint All-Star Race.

It didn’t take long for the action to heat up once the green flag dropped. The first caution came out on lap four when Marcos Ambrose and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. got together in turn two. Ambrose amazingly saved the car and kept it off the wall. Ambrose’s teammate, Aric Almirola just narrowly escaped. AJ Allmendinger dominated the first half of the 40-lap race, but Clint Bowyer took the lead just before the competition caution at the halfway mark.

“I was debating the last five laps before the caution came out whether we should pit or not,” runner-up finisher, AJ Allmendinger said. “Just being up front is so important here. But my car started getting really loose kind of late in the run, so at that point I figured we had to at least come in and do two tires, and I was hoping to do two and get a good pit stop and maybe restart up front again and know that if I restarted up front it was going to be hard to — I knew Clint was fast but I knew we were pulling away from everybody else, so for anybody else to come get us, even if they had four.”

The second half of the race went caution free. Austin Dillon who not only sat on the pole but led the field down to the green flag to kick off the second half quickly faded to the back, opening the door again for Bowyer and Allmendinger. On lap 24, Clint Bowyer took the lead and never looked back as he captured the victory. Bowyer led twice for 19 laps, and Allmendinger led on one occasion for 18 laps.

“Truth be told, I really do believe — I’m not just saying this because I’m in the position, I’ve always said this, if you can qualify into the All-Star Race from this qualifying race, it could be an advantage,” Clint Bowyer said. “Every time we have these night races, whether it’s the All-Star Race or any night race for that matter, we’re practicing during the day, completely different set of circumstances for the race, and that’s 40 laps of practice with what we’re going to see tomorrow night for one-million dollar, make you holler.”

It appeared as if Danica Patrick was going to transfer into the Sprint All-Star Race due to the fan vote after she didn’t race her way in, but when the results were presented, Josh Wise who drives Phil Parsons Racing’s No. 98 had the majority of the votes and will now race on Saturday night thanks to Dogecoin and the fans on Redditt.com.

“I’m still trying to wrap my head around it, I guess,” Josh Wise said. “This is huge for me and our team. Really it started with a 16-year-old kid posting something on Reddit.com about some good runs that we had had, and for whatever reason this huge, awesome community just got behind us, and everyone knows about them raising money to sponsor us at Talladega, and then it was on to the Fan Vote.”

Wise also went on to say, “There’s 110-million people that regularly use Reddit, and there was a large portion of them that knew about this and were a part of it I felt like. So it was just one of those things that you didn’t know if people were just telling you they were voting for you or how many times they’re voting or whatever. I thought it was definitely a possibility.”

The Sprint All-Star Race coverage will kick off on Fox Sports 1 Saturday with qualifying at 7 p.m., followed by the race at 8:30 p.m.

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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