Bowyer feels 'sick' after ruining Almriola NASCAR win shot at Dover

Clint Bowyer says he feels "sick" for ruining his Stewart-Haas Racing team-mate Aric Almriola's chances of victory in the NASCAR Cup series race at Dover

Bowyer feels 'sick' after ruining Almriola NASCAR win shot at Dover

Almirola had inherited the race lead on lap 320 of 404 when erstwhile race leader Kevin Harvick was forced to pit with a loose wheel.

With eight laps remaining, Bowyer hit the wall at Turn 4 and brought out a caution. Almirola had to restart in sixth after making a late stop and three others opted to not pit and another two drivers went for just two new tyres.

Almirola then crashed on the restart lap, which made it two races in 2018 in which the SHR driver lost a likely win to a Bowyer crash after he also missed out in New Hampshire earlier this year.

"I'm just really disappointed," said Bowyer. "I'm frustrated with our day, obviously, we had a very fast race car.

"I got tore up passing a lapper and then all of a sudden I think it was a loose wheel.

"Then we went back out and broke something in the front end and it was two different things.

"When we pitted it was something in the rear, obviously, the right-rear, the left-rear was loose, it was all out of control.

"Then all of a sudden [when] we went back out it was fine, so I took back off and then I think something in the left-front broke, it just went straight.

"Whether I ran over something, I don't know. "I'm just sick for Aric. He had that race won. It was his win and unfortunately his team-mate had trouble and took him out of it."

Almirola felt he should have been celebrating a second Cup win.

The former Richard Petty Motorsports driver joined SHR in place of Danica Patrick for 2018 and is the only driver in the team that is yet to win a race.

"We've had so many opportunities and been so close and had the car to win and been in position and I don't know, it just seems to not come through - I'm frustrated and mad and angry," said Almriola.

"I could have been conservative and probably finished third or fourth like Kurt [Busch], it's just track position is so tough and it's so hard to pass here.

"We rolled down pit road and a few of them stay out and a few of them get two tyres and the next thing you know we're restarting sixth, so with only three laps to go it's really challenging at this race track in particular with it being so hard to pass.

"That's one of those situations where you're damned if you do and damned if you don't.

"I want to be in Victory Lane. I feel like we've got a car capable of doing that."

shares
comments
NASCAR outlaws key driver-adjustable track bar for 2019 Cup season

Previous article

NASCAR outlaws key driver-adjustable track bar for 2019 Cup season

Next article

Kasey Kahne forced to miss rest of his final NASCAR Cup season

Kasey Kahne forced to miss rest of his final NASCAR Cup season
Load comments

About this article

Series NASCAR
Drivers Clint Bowyer
Author Tom Errington
Why a British prospect is trying to make it in NASCAR Plus

Why a British prospect is trying to make it in NASCAR

There has never been a full-time British driver in the NASCAR Cup. But Alex Sedgwick, who is rising through the stock car ranks, wants that to change and could be a trailblazer for European talents to reach the top echelons of the NASCAR ladder

NASCAR
Feb 28, 2021
How Earnhardt’s death changed American motorsport Plus

How Earnhardt’s death changed American motorsport

It's 20 years since legendary driver Dale Earnhardt Sr died at the Daytona 500, but the legacy of his crash continues today through the pioneering safety work done by NASCAR

NASCAR
Feb 18, 2021
The NASCAR subplots to keep an eye on in 2021 Plus

The NASCAR subplots to keep an eye on in 2021

This weekend's Daytona 500 kickstarts a NASCAR Cup season that promises plenty of intrigue courtesy of new owners and a refreshed calendar. Here's what you need to know ahead of the new season

NASCAR
Feb 12, 2021
How a second-chance NASCAR ace is rebuilding his career Plus

How a second-chance NASCAR ace is rebuilding his career

From a disgraced NASCAR exile, Kyle Larson has been given a shot at redemption by the powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports squad. Replacing seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson is no easy billing, but Larson has every intention of repaying the team's faith

NASCAR
Feb 11, 2021
Autosport's top 5 NASCAR machines Plus

Autosport's top 5 NASCAR machines

The American stock car scene is more famous for its close racing and occasional punch-ups, but there have been some fantastic machines too. As part of Autosport's 70th anniversary celebrations in 2020, we picked out five of its best

NASCAR
Jan 3, 2021
Why NASCAR's latest second-generation champion is just getting started Plus

Why NASCAR's latest second-generation champion is just getting started

Chase Elliott's late charge to the 2020 NASCAR Cup title defied predictions that it would be a Kevin Harvick versus Denny Hamlin showdown. While the two veterans are showing no signs of slowing down, Elliott's triumph was a window into NASCAR's future

NASCAR
Nov 17, 2020
Why Johnson’s playoff failure won’t tarnish his legacy Plus

Why Johnson’s playoff failure won’t tarnish his legacy

The last season of a retiring NASCAR great has shown promise, and may have resulted in another playoff push without small issues outside his control. 2020 won't be the year Jimmie Johnson would have wanted, but it won't be what he is remembered for

NASCAR
Sep 3, 2020
Why a Le Mans winner is heading into the “unknown world” of NASCAR Plus

Why a Le Mans winner is heading into the “unknown world” of NASCAR

Comparing Porsche's 919 HYBRID LMP1 to NASCAR is motorsport's equivalent of apples and oranges, but this weekend one of Weissach's top works aces will pit his skills against the regulars and revive the tradition of the 'road-course ringer'

NASCAR
Aug 13, 2020