Waiting on a victory to come is a tough experience, whether it’s the first win or the next. There’s always anticipation, eagerness, and joy all in one when it happens at that moment.
But, there’s certain victories that are worth waiting for, when everything comes together at the right moment.
Martinsville Speedway provided that, even if it came a day late. It had been since 2012 when he saw victory, a time when he was with a different organization and was already slated to be on the move in the future. He spent one season just getting through, knowing when it was over, he was heading to an even bigger opportunity.
A season of rebuilding saw him have a glimmer of hope.
Finally, after 190 races, the time had finally arrived. It wasn’t dominance, but it was desire. Already seeing his teammate win three straight races, Clint Bowyer had to fend off the charge of a guy that was tired of finishing second. That charge was held off, and a guy that at one time seemed to cost an organization it’s livelihood, now had found his way back to the top, and into the playoffs.
Bowyer brought home his first win as part of Stewart-Haas Racing, and finally gave his son the checkered flag that he’s been wanting for a long while.
It didn’t bring in a victory for the League this week, but did provide solid finishes for all but two. Here’s the shakeup after a day-delayed STP 500:
Ashley Hobbs – 261 – Kyle Busch finished 2nd (2) 11
Sal Sigala Jr. – 251 – Kyle Busch finished 2nd (1) 6
Rob Tiongson – 243 – Kyle Busch finished 2nd (1) 5
Rob Blount – 210 – Joey Logano finished 6th (1) 5
Penny Whitecotton – 203 – Kevin Harvick finished 5th (3) 11
Ashley Hull – 193 – Denny Hamlin finished 12th (1) 7
Misan Akuya – 188 – Jamie McMurray finished 26th (2) 11
Dustin Parks – 186 – Chase Elliott finished 9th (0) 0
Billy Fellin – 166 – Denny Hamlin finished 12th (1) 6
Trisha Rodisch – 160 – Chase Elliott finished 9th (2) 6
Klarissa Mitchell – 100 – NO PICK SENT (0) 0
Next Race: The one advantage for Bowyer is he gets to enjoy this victory for an extra week. NASCAR has never raced on the Easter holiday, and they don’t intend on changing that concept.
So, the next event for the top-tier series will be in two weeks, and everyone is set to cowboy up to take on the Lone Star State. It’s always fun to see the teams compete at the Texas Motor Speedway, because in the end, someone gets to wear a 10-gallon hat and then fire off a pair of shooters just like the cowboys did back in the old west.
Saddle up and get ready for NASCAR’s version of a rodeo, because the picks have to be posted by Thursday, April 5, at 10 p.m. ET for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500.