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Bowyer's spin, cut tire helps him win at Richmond

September 10, 2012, David Caraviello,

RICHMOND, Va. -- Clint Bowyer wasn't angry at the driver who spun him Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway. He was thankful.

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"Thank you, Juan Pablo!" the Michael Waltrip Racing driver boomed from Victory Lane. "If you're still here, thank you Juan Pablo!"

With good reason. Contact from Juan Montoya spun Bowyer and cut a tire on the No. 15 car, a game-changing moment that sent his Toyota to the pits and put it on a pit cycle that enabled it to win the race. Bowyer stretched his fuel and stayed out front for the final 88 laps, holding off a furious charge from runner-up Jeff Gordon to secure his second victory of the season.

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"God bless Juan Pablo," Bowyer bubbled. "It was stupid, really. He was, I don't know how many laps down he was. I know he was at least one, and we were running second or third there, and he just got into us and knocked my left rear [tire] down. But luckily, I got spun out down there, got the caution and didn't go a lap down, and that was the thing that won us the race. You never know. You never give up in this sport."

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