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Bowyer dominates on his way to victory at Kansas

June 04, 2011, Sporting News Wire Service, NASCAR.com

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The unquestioned class of the field in Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway, Clint Bowyer won his first Camping World Truck Series race of the season in dominating fashion.

Bowyer, from Emporia, Kan., beat Johnny Sauter to the finish line by 1.695 seconds to claim his third victory in 11 starts in the series. Todd Bodine ran third, followed by James Buescher and Joey Coulter, who passed Kyle Busch on the last of 167 laps for the fifth spot.

Kansas

Results
1.Clint Bowyer Chevrolet
2.Johnny Sauter Chevrolet
3.Todd Bodine Toyota
4.James Buescher Chevrolet
5.Joey CoulterChevrolet

It was a watershed race for Bowyer, who posted his first NASCAR national-series victory in his home state in the 400th race in Truck Series history. Previously, Bowyer had finished second in the 2007 Cup race at the 1.5-mile track and second in the 2008 Nationwide Series event here.

"We've come close here," Bowyer said. "We've had good runs here, but we just haven't been able to seal the deal. To finally be able to do a burnout on the frontstretch in front of that crowd is big, man. It's a good feeling.

"This place means a lot to me. I watched this place being built. I dreamed of being able to race here in anything, and to be able to roll into victory lane ... is pretty cool."

Bowyer, however, has unfinished business at his home track.

"I want to win a Cup race here bad," said Bowyer, who will start 27th in Sunday's STP 400 Cup event.

A debris caution on Lap 98 was a godsend for Bowyer and Sauter, who hadn't been to the pit for fuel and tires since Laps 50 and 59 respectively. Both took advantage of the yellow and came to the pits.

After restarting third on lap 103, Bowyer took the lead from Todd Bodine on Lap 109, two laps before Shane Sieg smacked the Turn 2 wall to cause the sixth caution of the race. Bowyer returned to the pits under yellow on Lap 112 to take on enough fuel to go the distance.

Though he restarted 11th on Lap 116, Bowyer quickly moved to the front, passing Bodine to regain the lead on Lap 122. Bowyer, Sauter and Busch all remained on the track under caution for Clay Rogers' spin off Turn 2 on Lap 131.

Notes-n-Nuggets

• Clint Bowyer led five times for 124 laps including the final 46 at Kansas.
• Clint Bowyer earned his third career win in his 11th race.
• Clint Bowyer eanred his first win at Kansas in his first start at the track.
• Clint Bowyer becomes the fifth different Truck Series winner of 2011.
• Chevrolet gets its fifth win at Kansas, leading all manufacturers.
• Johnny Sauter (second) has top-10 finishes in six of the past seven races and takes the points lead by 12 over Cole Whitt.
• Todd Bodine (third) earned his second top-10 finish this season.
• James Buescher (fourth) has top-10 finishes in six of his seven starts in 2011.
• Joey Coulter (fifth) earned his best career finish in his eighth start and overcame a Lap 112 speeding penalty.

Bowyer led the field to the green flag on Lap 138 and after battling Sauter for half a lap began to pull away.