Clint Bowyer won the STP 500 on Monday at Martinsville Speedway — “Clint Bowyer won” being a phrase that hasn’t been uttered in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series since Oct. 13, 2012.
Bowyer’s last win was 190 races ago at Charlotte Motor Speedway when he was driving the No. 15 Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing. Bowyer led 47 laps in what was his third win of the 2012 season en route to finishing second to Brad Keselowski in the final point standings that year.
You might recall Bowyer’s run-in with Jeff Gordon in the penultimate race of that season at Phoenix, when Bowyer was seen running through the garage area to confront Gordon after some late contact. It’s been that long. Five years, five months and 14 days to be precise.
Bowyer’s streak of 190 races between wins is the third-longest recorded in NASCAR history, according to NASCAR’s statistical services team. Bill Elliott had the longest streak at 227 (1994-2001) with Martin Truex Jr. second with 219 races between wins (2007-2013).