Atlanta Motor Speedway: Contact With Juan Pablo Montoya Ends Clint Bowyer’s Day, Possibly His Chase HopesSeptember 6, 2011 No Comments Following his second place qualifying effort, Clint Bowyer’s shot at a win or even a solid points day at Atlanta was put on hold due to a rain filled Sunday.
Bowyer was on the outside looking in heading into Tuesday’s rain delayed race, 22 points behind Tony Stewart in 10th and without a win.
After starting on the outside pole, Bowyer led eight laps in the beginning of the race but quickly slipped back in the field, where he later saw his Chase hopes diminish.
Bowyer slid up the track exiting turn four just in front of the No. 42 of Juan Pablo Montoya. The two made contact, sending Bowyer directly into the outside wall, heavily damaging the No. 33 Chevrolet.
An extremely unhappy Bowyer gave a very sarcastic clap and thumbs up, directed towards Montoya.
“You can’t race around the jackass,” Bowyer said to ESPN following his wreck. “You never can. Anybody in this sport knows what you’re up against when the 42 comes up. He dive-bombs the starts and bullies his way up in there, and before you know it, he’s in the way and wrecking with somebody.”
Bowyer’s 36th place finish pushes him back to 14th in points, 54 behind 10th place with only Richmond left before the Chase. There is no shot at him reaching the top 10, forcing him to win at Richmond and finish at least 12 positions ahead of Denny Hamlin – barring Hamlin leads no laps.
The only other scenario for Bowyer is to win at Richmond and have Brad Keselowski make it into the top ten in points.
“We’re out here racing for a spot in the Chase. He’s racing for nothing, you know? I’m tired of it. Everybody in the garage area fights him. He’s just an idiot.”