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Bowyer gets rare win in messy Dover 200

By TIMES WIRES
Published September 24, 2006


DOVER, Del. - Clint Bowyer found a way around the spinning and smoking cars that littered Dover International Speedway.

Bowyer won a green-white-checkered flag finale Saturday for his first NASCAR Busch Series victory of the year after four runnerup finishes.

"It means a lot to win the race, not by dominating, but battling it out against the best in the world," said Bowyer, a three-time career winner in the Busch Series.

Almost from the start, the Dover 200 was a mess, with no more than a handful of laps ever being completed before the caution came out after another accident. There were a track-record 13 cautions for 46 laps.

Matt Kenseth finished second, and series leader Kevin Harvick was third. Harvick has a whopping 659-point lead over Carl Edwards with six races remaining.

Early race leaders Jamie McMurray and Martin Truex Jr. faded late and fell out of contention.

Rounding out the top 10 were McMurray, Jason Leffler, Reed Sorenson, Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle, J.J. Yeley and Michael Waltrip. Sorenson lost control on the last lap and slid across the finish line.

NHRA: Three-time Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher raced to his 10th No. 1 qualifying position of the season in the O'Reilly Fall Nationals in Ennis, Texas.

In addition to Schumacher's No. 1 effort of 4.520 seconds at 321.12 mph, Robert Hight posted a Funny Car-leading 4.742 in his Ford Mustang and Greg Anderson recorded a 6.696 in Pro Stock in his Pontiac GTO.

BUSCH: The series will head to Montreal for an Aug. 4 race on the road course, replacing the race on the schedule that was held this season in Martinsville, Va., NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said.

no sponsor: The Dover 400 is just that: the Dover 400. No fast food, soft drink or tool companies to weigh down the name of this one. Dover International Speedway couldn't find a sponsor after Bank of America did not return after the June race.

smoother talladega: The Superspeedway just completed a complete repaving, with more than 50,000 tons of asphalt flattening out the rough, bumpy surface that hadn't been paved since 1979. Pit road and the pit stalls also were widened and six non-Chase drivers tested on the track this week to generally rave reviews. The banking and turns remained the same.

champ car: Dan Clarke and his team took a strategic risk Friday when he switched to dry-weather tires as the track was drying and time in the qualifying session was running out. He set a fast lap of 126.585 mph.

It rained again during qualifying Saturday, and Clarke's time held up to give him the pole for today's Grand Prix of Road America.

"We actually kind of outsmarted the rest of the paddock," Clarke said. "That felt pretty good."