Clint Bowyer Wins Amp Energy Juice 500 at Talladega
In a dramatic finish that involved a delay in determining the race winner, Clint Bowyer took the win over teammate Kevin Harvick in a race that had over 80 lead changes.
"Unbelievable day!" Clint Bowyer said. "That's an ECR (Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines) win! Kevin coming on the outside, Juan (Pablo Montoya) pushing me, I just want to say thanks to Juan....It feels awesome to win here."
The race came under review after a crash on the white flag lap at the start-finish line, which included A.J. Allmendinger flipping. All drivers were okay.
Harvick, who was looking to gain points on Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson, came through the field to finish second after taking damage from an earlier wreck.
"I didn't know when the caution came out, but I know I beat him to the line," Harvick said. "I just got thank David Reutimann for the push....That's what we came to Talladega to do. We came to win the race, came up a spot short on that, but beat the guys we needed to."
Juan Pablo Montoya finished third, David Reutimann fourth, Joey Logano fifth, and Martin Truex Jr. sixth.
Points leader Jimmie Johnson finished seventh, gaining eight points on Denny Hamlin.
"It's not the best finish, but we'll take it," Johnson said. "I thought we had this thing in control and we could've hung on till the end."
Denny Hamlin finished ninth, after coming back from being a lap down.
"It'll be tight," Hamlin said. "Obviously everybody gained a little. I wish I could've raced a little more aggressive and could've put on a better show, though with our play, we had to watch how we ran."
Denny Hamlin now sits 14 points back, while Kevin Harvick is 38 points behind.
"I like that the championship will be decided on three race tracks where the drivers are in control," Hamlin said. "Let the best man win."
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