Clint Bowyer Blasts Team for Issues with Race Car During Practice Session

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 24, 2016

Clint Bowyer at NASCAR media day at Daytona International Speedway, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Clint Bowyer wasn't afraid to chastise his team, HScott Motorsports, for what he felt were poor preparations heading into qualifying for Sunday's Toyota Owners 400 at the Richmond International Raceway.  

After finishing 40th and 37th in two practice sessions, Bowyer qualified at 39th in the 40-car race. He topped out at 117.842 mph during the first practice and then 116.324 mph Saturday.

"I've never been with such a [expletive] unprepared [expletive] team in my life," he said over his team radio, per Motorsport.com's Lee Spencer. "It's a [expletive] joke. No power steering. [Expletive] put this in the truck and go home."

It's not the first time Bowyer has voiced his concern with his team. Earlier in the month, he spoke to Spencer about the gulf between HScott Motorsports and others in Sprint Cup:

I'm pretty miserable right now and I don't aim to be that way for a year. It's hard. Here's the thing, in the situation you're in, yes, you want to rip the leather off the steering wheel and get mad and everything else but it doesn't do any good. And you know these guys are working their asses off to get you to where you're even at. It's just they don't have the tools that these other teams have. They don't flat have them.

Bowyer is driving for HScott Motorsports for the 2016 season before he replaces Tony Stewart at Stewart-Haas Racing.

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"I know he's frustrated right now," said Stewart, per Spencer. "I think they'll get things turned around. I think they'll get going pretty soon."

Bowyer finished eighth at last week's Food City 500—his best result of the 2016 season. The 36-year-old is 29th in the Sprint Cup standings—64 points away from the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

It's still early enough in the season that Bowyer can turn his fortunes around, and one victory is all it takes to earn a Chase place. Until he can officially join Stewart-Haas, he'll have to make the best of what appears to be a bad situation.

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