Clint Bowyer ‘frustrated’ despite top-five finish

LONG POND, PENNSYLVANIA - JUNE 01: Clint Bowyer, driver of the #14 Haas Automation Ford, looks on during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 01, 2019 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Clint Bowyer capped a solid day at Pocono Raceway with a fifth-place finish in Sunday’s Pocono 400, but he was chagrined by a Lap 152 restart where he dropped two spots.

“I’m a little bit frustrated,” Bowyer acknowledged. “Wherever you came off Turn 1 is where you ran.”

The race left the Stewart-Haas cars still searching for the speed necessary to compete with the Joe Gibbs Racing contingent, and it left Bowyer wondering how to accumulate some stage points in the process. The No. 14 team was blanked in both the first and second stages of the race.

“We had a pretty good car,” said Bowyer, who scored 32 points for the event, compared with 45 for pole winner William Byron, who finished ninth but ran second in Stage 1 and third in Stage 2. “We had a third-to-fifth place car.

“That’s about what we had, and we did a good job finishing with what we had. We’re just giving up way too many stage points. We have to figure out how to get some stage points. That’s all we had today.”

Greg Engle