Clint Bowyer told a funny story on Thursday night about his first-ever win, and I wanted to share it with you. At a fan forum after the first day of NASCAR preseason testing at Daytona International Speedway, Bowyer was asked to tell fans about the time he won his first race.
Bowyer said he was leading a Street Stock race in Junction City, Kan. and was closing in on a victory when something unfortunate happened.
I'll let him tell the rest:
"It was the first race ever where I had control of the race and it was mine. A caution came out with five to go, and this guy who was the track champion came up and ran into me. I hadn't even been racing this guy! And he came up and drilled me in the left rear and knocked my left rear tire down.
"It was probably the craftiest thing I've ever seen, because I'm done. I mean, I've got a flat tire. Well, the track owner was there and he let me come in and put a new tire on, and he let me get my position back in the lead, and I went on to win the race.
"Well, there was a hell of a fight (afterward). The fans were fighting, the pits were fighting – and here I was, smiling like crazy with the trophy. So that was my first win. I'll never forget it."