It didn’t start out as a good day for the Stewart-Haas Racing camp in Monday’s rain delayed Food City 500 at the Bristol (Tenn) Motor Speedway. Kurt Busch crashed early on and would limp home with a 25th place finish while Danica Patrick wrecked not too long after and came home 36th. Also, Clint Bowyer was struggling with the handling of his car early on, as his No. 14 Ford was far too free.
Two wrecked race cars and a third one without much grip.
But, when the dust settled, two of the four SHR cars finished in the top three at the .533-mile short track on Monday.
Bowyer and Kevin Harvick gambled in the end and it paid off as Bowyer finished second, his second top five in the last four races, while Harvick brought his No. 4 Ford home third for his third top three finish in his last four Bristol starts.
Bowyer, is beaming with glory right now as he’s just happy to be competitive again. He’s finished in the top 13 in all but one of his eight starts this season, and is quietly becoming a contender.
Harvick, is turning his season about around too, as he earned his third top six finish in the last five races. Mix that with what should have been a win in the second race of the season at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, and you can see why Bowyer and Harvick will reach victory lane in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series sooner rather than later.
With how well both rebounded today, it bodes well another short track at Richmond is up next.