Sport Johnson and Bowman score top fives in strong showing at Bristol

04:25  17 april  2018
04:25  17 april  2018 Source:   msn.com

Clint Bowyer wanted Martinsville-winning car for Bristol

  Clint Bowyer wanted Martinsville-winning car for Bristol Clint Bowyer asked his Stewart-Haas Racing team if he could drive his Martinsville race-winning car in this weekend's NASCAR Cup series race at Bristol. Stream Live NBA Games. Anytime. Anywhere. Start Free Trial Sponsored by fuboTV Bowyer ended his streak of 190 races without a win with victory at Martinsville last month and said it answered questions over whether he would ever win again in the Cup series. It was the 38-year-old’s first win with SHR in his second year with the team and he followed up with ninth in Texas.

Bowman , Elliott earn top -10 finishes at Martinsville. – Monday at Bristol Motor Speedway Jimmie Johnson raced his way to Victory Lane for the second time in a row this season. He then broke inside the top five , finishing Stage 1 in fifth.

Bowman , Elliott earn top -10 finishes at Martinsville. With this top - five finish, Johnson earned another eight bonus points. He was scored 37th. “We got out of the pits and there was some oil in the pit stall,” Earnhardt said.

Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Lowe's for Pros and Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Nationwide© Nigel Kinrade / NKP / LAT Images Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Lowe's for Pros and Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Nationwide

Jimmie Johnson, who is facing the longest winless streak of his career, had just one top-ten this season (ninth at Auto Club) going into Bristol.

But the No. 48 returned to form at the concrete half-mile, running as high as second before finishing third to Kyle Larson and race winner Kyle Busch.

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"Yeah, definitely a strong race car," he said after the race. "We've been talking about our cars performing better and driving better and creating speed the last three weeks or so, but to finally back it up with a solid finish is exactly what we needed. And to see my teammates with positive comments about their cars the last few weeks and some good results yielding from all of that, we definitely have it rolling in the right direction.

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March 27, 2018. Bowman , Elliott earn top -10 finishes at Martinsville. Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, scored the fourth-place starting spot. In 45 starts at Bristol , Martin has two wins, 16 top - five finishes and 23 top -10s. In 19 starts at Bristol , Johnson has one win, five top - five finishes and 10 top -10s.

"And specifically on the 48, last weekend there was a lot of excitement with the speed in our car, but we just had some bad luck on track and on pit road and a variety of things that went on. And to really be so buttoned up on race calling, pit stops, what I did in the car, the whole thing, I really feel like we're rolling in the right direction now."

Johnson's teammate Alex Bowman also showed strength throughout the 500-lap race, collecting his first career top-five finish in 89 Cup starts.

"We got a good start there for once and had some good track position," he said. "Just thankful for driving for Hendrick Motorsports. It’s been a lot of fun finally getting some good runs going our way. It’s been cool. To run fifth, it’s not a great day, but it’s better than what we started the year doing. We are making progress, making steps in the right direction and just got to keep doing that.”

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Not counting his 26th-place finish in April 2015 when he substituted for an injured Denny Hamlin mid-race, Jones has six top 10s and four top fives in eight NASCAR races at Bristol . “Obviously, there’s been some other manufacturers that are really strong this year, have been really fast, hard to beat.

Bowman captures Daytona 500 pole. 11 hours ago. "We have been a top - five car typically and then that one weekend we had a race-winning car and were able to take advantage of it and get the win," Johnson said of his history at Bristol .

And Bowman believes they could have even finished higher, had he been able to find more consistency.

“I think by our self we had maybe even a faster race car than that. I just couldn’t be consistent with it. We were really loose in and my car was really sensitive to traffic. If anybody got within a half a car length of me behind me, it just turned sideways getting in the corner every time. If I could break that gap and get away from them I would drive away, but with them right there I couldn’t do anything.  It was interesting trying to fight through that, but glad we finished top five.”

Bowman and Johnson leave Bristol 13th and 17th in the championship standings, respectively. Although William Byron ran up inside the op-ten for part of the race, he fell back towards the conclusion and finished 17th. And Chase Elliott never had much of a chance to show what he could do after getting swept up in a multi-car accident on Lap 3 and finishing 29th.

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C.J. Leary, driving a car owned by Cup driver Alex Bowman , finished 18th in the 24-car field. Not counting his 26th-place finish in April 2015 when he substituted for an injured Denny Hamlin mid-race, Jones has six top 10s and four top fives in eight NASCAR races at Bristol .

— Jimmie Johnson showed up for his news conference Friday morning at Bristol Motor Speedway dressed nicely in a Lowe's emblazoned polo shirt and Lowe's' cap. But I think we're seeing some good steps and some good strides." On top of the adjustments the entire Bowman is only 25.

But regardless, there's no doubt that putting two cars inside the top-five will be a huge confidence booster for Hendrick Motorsports.

"Yeah, I think most situations momentum does carry you up or down," said Johnson. "If things seem to be going wrong, they continue for a while. Sometime it'll turn around, you just don't know when.  And I think in most cases, you're right.  I have experienced it in my career where we have had different dry spells, and we'll get the car going well, and I'll make a mistake, or the car going well and we have a bad pit stop, or just unlucky, and it takes a little while ‑‑ I can't explain why or how, but it takes a little while to get the momentum rolling in the right direction, and I think today was ‑‑ the last two days was a big step in the right direction for us."

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