Kansas native and American Ethanol spokesman, Clint Bowyer, won his first race of the year in dramatic fashion at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday as he raced to the front in the last lap to claim victory in the Good Sam Club 500. This also marks Bowyer’s first race win since becoming spokesman for American Ethanol, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member.
“We are all incredibly proud of Bowyer and elated to congratulate him on this important victory,” said NCGA NASCAR Advisory Committee Chair Martin Barbre. “This win is also important for American ethanol. While every winner in every race this season won using a 15 percent ethanol blend, it puts ethanol in the spotlight as a high-performance, sustainable, domestic fuel source.”
In addition to his trip to Victory Lane, Bowyer also won the American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award in Talladega. He will receive the award during the seventh race in the season-ending Chase championship next Sunday at the Martinsville Speedway in Virginia.
Bowyer, who grew up in Emporia, Kan., paired up with Richard Childress Racing teammate Jeff Burton as a draft-push partner in the closing laps and then jumped out in front of Burton in the final lap of the 188 lap race. It was Bowyer’s first win of 2011 and his fifth career victory. The win also marked the 100th Sprint Cup Series win for Richard Childress Racing and its sixth win of 2011 – the most of any Cup team.