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Bowyer Notches Home-State Victory

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, June 4 2011

Clint Bowyer had a happy homecoming at Kansas on Saturday. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com

Kansas City, Kan. – Clint Bowyer won his first-ever NASCAR premier series race in his home state Saturday afternoon when he held off Johnny Sauter to win the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 Camping World Truck Series event at Kansas Speedway.

Bowyer, a native of Emporia, Kan., got the victory driving a Chevrolet truck owned by Kevin Harvick Inc.

He was competing in his third Camping World race of the season. He finished second at Phoenix and Charlotte in the other starts of 2011.

“Lot of fun,” Bowyer said after the race. “Lot of fun. To finally be able to do a burnout on the front stretch in front of that crowd is big.”

Sauter, who won the 2010 truck event at Kansas, finished 1.6 seconds back.

“Hate finishing second but we were there,” Sauter said. “Solid effort all the way around for us.”

Sauter moved to first place, past Cole Whitt, in the points race. The difference between them is 12 points.

Defending series champion Todd Bodine was third.

“Brand new truck,” Bodine said. We were just a little too free the whole race. Just could never get to where we needed it. But we had a great day.”

James Buescher was fourth and rookie Joey Coulter finished fifth.

Kyle Busch finished sixth.

For Bowyer, who won the track championship at the Lakeside Speedway dirt track five miles north of Kansas Speedway, the victory was his third in a truck. It was his first since 2010 when he won in Phoenix.

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, June 4 2011
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