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Texas 500 notebook: Clint Bowyer finishes sixth but loses ground

Bowyer drops 10 points to leader Jimmie Johnson, now trails by 36 points with two races remaining in the Chase
by Scott Wright Published: November 4, 2012

Just seconds after the green flag dropped on lap 120, Bobby Labonte hit the rear of Trevor Bayne's car. The leaders hadn't even made it through the first turn by the time cars were sliding through the grass of the infield.

Juan Pablo Montoya took the brunt of the damage in the pileup. His car was in the garage for more than 50 laps for repairs before he got back on the track.


Very early Sunday, Kevin Harvick's No. 29 car had to head back to the garage after suffering some damage.

How early? The race hadn't even begun yet.

A sky diver who dropped onto the track as part of the prerace entertainment, was carrying a sandbag that held the state flag of Texas behind him.

As he came in, the sandbag slammed the side of Harvick's car, which was sitting on pit road with the rest of the cars.

The crew took the car back to the garage to do their best to repair a dent just below the window.


Texas Motor Speedway always maintains a strong involvement with supporting the military, and some Oklahoma soldiers are being included this weekend.

Fort Sill's 77th Army Band performed the national anthem before Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge.

In addition, troops from the 97th Air Mobility Wing at Altus Air Force Base and the Wounded Warrior Battalion at San Antonio Medical Center attended the races on Saturday and Sunday.

Airman First Class Jonathan McKnight of Broken Arrow and Sgt. Kenneth Fischer of Mountain View are among the troops to be included in the “Troops at the Track” initiative.

by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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