In what Clint Bowyer was hoping to be a good season, it has turned into a dismal season that he would soon like to forget.. The driver of the no. 15 Chevy for HScott Motorsports has struggled in 2016 before his move over to Stewart-Haas Racing to replace Tony Stewart in 2017.
Bowyer’s day at Sonoma ended before it even started. On lap seven, Bowyer’s car went up into smoke after an electrical fire, adding to the setbacks in 2016. Smoke entered into the cockpit, leaving Bowyer unable to breath.
After he exited the car, he slammed his helmet into the car out of frustration.
“Yeah, it’s terribly frustrating. This is my favorite race track and I’ve run really good at it. I don’t know. It kind of sometimes inexcusable when stuff breaks that quick, but who knows what happened. I’m sure a wire was rubbing on something or something and just shorted out and burnt up. It’s a shame.”
Bowyer has struggled in his one-year deal with Scott. He only has two top-10’s and is 23rd in points. Can he recover and end his season on a high note?
Have you ever wondered what NASCAR, pizza and an interstate truck ship have in common? They promote themselves together.
Prior to the NASCAR weekend at Talladega Superspeedway spanning Oct. 23-25, Sprint Cup Series driver Michael Annett and the No. 46 HScott Motorsports race team were giving back to the hard working community in Lincoln, Alabama at a Pilot Flying J truck stop.
“Pretty much, what we’re doing is turning this truck stop into a pit stop,” Annett said of the event. “It gives our customers the chance to have a professional race team fill-up their cars, wash their windshield and get to meet everybody.”
That is exactly what occurred at the service area. However, this one was a bit more special because it was the unveiling of the PJ Fresh Pizza paint scheme as the company opted to feature it on the No. 46 car at the 2.66-mile track.
As recently as March, PJ Fresh Pizza stores around the United States began to sell pizza at Pilot Flying J service stops. The “Unexpectedly Awesome” pizza was also handed out at the service area that Annett attended.
“It’s a cool deal with the PJ Express brand and its 100 percent mozzarella cheese, 100 percent baked dough each morning throughout the day for each pizza they make,” Annett said. “It gives us the chance to unveil this new pizza and get a chance to meet our customers.”
This is the second time that Annett and crew have provided service at a truck stop, the other coming at Daytona back in early July.
“The Pilot Flying J’s up and down the interstate are the reason we get to do what we do and to tie it in to the race weekend is awesome,” Annett said. “It’s just a special deal.”
Annett’s history with Pilot/Flying J goes back to his ARCA days in 2007 and 2008. When he moved to the Camping World Truck Series, he took Pilot with him, serving as the primary sponsor for eight races with Bill Davis Racing, expanding to the Xfinity Series in 2009 with Germain Racing in 27 of the 35 events.
As Annett matured, bouncing from Germain to Rusty Wallace Inc. to Richard Petty Motorsports, the company continued to find success in its marketing program. Evidently, it led to a partnership with Tommy Baldwin Racing in 2014. When he departed from that organization for HScott Motorsports, with Pilot/Flying J‘s help, he was able to sign a multi-year deal in the Cup Series, securing a ride for the immediate future.
For Justin Allgaier, 2014 was his first full-time season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Along with HScott Motorsports, the year was the team’s first attempt to contend for points in the Cup Series after running the end of 2013 following the purchase of Phoenix Racing.
Allgaier, who had competed in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for several seasons, had declared to compete in the Cup Series – making him eligible for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. While competing in a rookie class that included that included seven drivers, Allgaier managed to keep himself among the top half of the group. By the end of the year, he went on to finish in third behind Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon.
Throughout the year, Allgaier found some consistency capturing 10 top-20 finishes. Some of his best results came towards the final races of the year. He captured a 15th-place finish at Charlotte, 17th at Martinsville, a 20th-place finish at Texas and a 15th-place result at Homestead.
By the end of the season, Allgaier went on to finish 29th in the points standings. Both his average start and finish were 25.9. He did improve on his average starts and finishes from his four starts in 2013, where his best finish was a 24th-place effort at Talladega.
Although he did improve on some aspects, Allgaier found trouble along the way. With an inexperienced race team, he struggled with a mere 12 finishes on the lead lap. But working with veteran crew chief Steve Addington, the pair was able to guide HScott Motorsports to some consistency late in the season. During the Chase for the Sprint Cup race at Talladega, he failed to qualify into the race during a chaotic round of knockout qualifying. Throughout the year, he captured six DNFs..
Heading into 2015, Allgaier will be back with HScott Motorsports for his sophomore Cup Series season. After getting comfortable in the Cup Series and improving on his results from previous starts, Allgaier has room for growth in 2015, especially with the organization’s alliance with Hendrick Motorsports.
Although HScott Motorsports announced some new partnerships for its teams in the Xfinity Series and K&N Pro Series East, no significant changes have been made towards the No. 51 Cup Series team.