By HEATHER WILLIAMS
3:31 PM CDT, May 11, 2011
So Clint's run of red hot finishes ended Saturday night in Dover when his teammate Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch proved sometimes a track just isn't big enough for the two of them. The crash that ensued left Bowyer taking the brunt, 4 laps before the finish. The 33 ended up 31st and dropped to 9th in the standings.
"Sometimes, I hate this place," Bowyer said after the race. "We had a good car and were making a run towards the front of the field on that last restart with four fresh tires. We just got caught up in someone else's mess and ended with a DNF. That's Darlington for ya."
This week NASCAR moves from the track too tough to tame, to the one they call a monster. And Bowyer is pretty good at Dover. He has two wins on the Nationwide series at the one mile concrete track. In 10 Cup series starts, he has three top tens.
"Dover is actually a good track for me," said Bowyer. "I love Dover and run well there. We've practiced, qualified and raced well, yet don't always finish well. That's what we need to work on, is getting that strong finish. We're hit or miss on race day."
One strange quirk about Bowyer and Dover, he always seems to run better in the fall. Both of his wins and all of this top tens have come at the second race.
"It's always one of those tracks that we come back in the fall and have a good finish after learning from the spring event," said Bowyer. We need to be able to capitalize on that and get a good run here in the spring race."
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