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Clint Bowyer Quickest in Sonoma Practice

Clint Bowyer Quickest in Sonoma Practice

by June 21, 2014 0 comments

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SONOMA, Calif. — If Clint Bowyer’s (Michael Waltrip Racing) practice pace is to be replicated on Sunday during the Toyota/Save Mart 350k, then Hendrick Motorsport’s streak of five straight race wins is in complete jeopardy.

Bowyer, a winner at the Sonoma Raceway in 2012, was the fastest car in both practices for Sunday’s race with his fastest lap of 74.634 seconds coming in Friday’s final practice session. Should his pace hold up for qualifying, Bowyer will smash the track’s current qualifying record. Bowyer’s MWR teammate Brian Vickers showcased some solid pace during both of Friday’s practice sessions. Vickers ran third-fastest in the first practice session – right behind his teammate, who was in second – and eighth-fastest in the late afternoon session.

Kurt Busch (Stewart-Haas Racing) is looking to continue his current streak of strong results at a track that he won at for Team Penske in 2011. Busch paced the weekend’s first practice session with a lap of 75.039 seconds. Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner Tony Stewart would make it into the top-10 of the first practice session as well with his lap of 75.767 seconds – good enough for ninth on the first practice speedchart. Stewart-Haas Racing as a whole would be completely absent from the top-10 of the final practice session – Kevin Harvick would run the quickest lap for the team in final practice with his 13th-place lap of 75.427 seconds.

The road course veterans were unable to make much of an impact on the speedcharts in both practices for the race. Marcos Ambrose (Richard Petty Motorsports) was the lone road course ringer to make it into the top-10 of either practice when he ran the sixth-fastest lap in the first practice session with a lap of 75.638 seconds. Ambrose would only be able to manage to run the 24th-fastest lap of the final practice session.

Six drivers were able to run in the top-10 of both practice sessions – Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr. (Furniture Row Racing), Kyle Larson (Chip Ganassi Racing), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Hendrick Motorsports), and Carl Edwards (Roush-Fenway Racing) were those six drivers.

Top-10 First Practice Speeds for the Toyota/Save Mart 350k

  1. 41 – Kurt Busch – Chevrolet – Stewart-Haas Racing – 1:15.039 | Leader
  2. 15 – Clint Bowyer – Toyota – Michael Waltrip Racing – 1:15.078 | -0.039
  3. 55 – Brian Vickers – Toyota – Michael Waltrip Racing – 1:15.346 | -0.308
  4. 78 – Martin Truex Jr. – Chevrolet – Furniture Row Racing – 1:15.428 | -0.389
  5. 42 – Kyle Larson# – Chevrolet – Chip Ganassi Racing – 1:15.550 | -0.511
  6. 9 – Marcos Ambrose – Ford – Richard Petty Motorsports – 1:15.638 | -0.599
  7. 88 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 1:15.644 | -0.605
  8. 27 – Paul Menard – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 1:15.709 | -0.670
  9. 14 – Tony Stewart – Chevrolet – Stewart-Haas Racing – 1:15.767 | -0.728
  10. 99 – Carl Edwards – Ford – Roush-Fenway Racing – 1:15.778 | -0.739

Top-10 Final Practice Speeds for the Toyota/Save Mart 350k

  1. 15 – Clint Bowyer – Toyota – Michael Waltrip Racing – 1:14.634 | Leader
  2. 27 – Paul Menard – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 1:14.981 | -0.347
  3. 99 – Carl Edwards – Ford – Roush-Fenway Racing – 1:15.043 | -0.409
  4. 1 – Jamie McMurray – Chevrolet – Chip Ganassi Racing – 1:15.045 | -0.411
  5. 88 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 1:15.045 | -0.411
  6. 42 – Kyle Larson# – Chevrolet – Chip Ganassi Racing – 1:15.138 | -0.504
  7. 78 – Martin Truex Jr. – Chevrolet – Furniture Row Racing – 1:15.201 | -0.567
  8. 55 – Brian Vickers – Toyota – Michael Waltrip Racing – 1:15.229 | -0.595
  9. 24 – Jeff Gordon – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 1:15.251 | -0.617
  10. 16 – Greg Biffle – Ford – Roush-Fenway Racing – 1:15.318 | -0.684

# = Rookie.

Kyle Pokrefky
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