American Ethanol spokesman Clint Bowyer won his first race of the year in the Richard Childress No. 33 Chevrolet at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday as he raced to the front in the last lap to claim victory in the Good Sam Club 500.
Bowyer, a Kansas native, 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.
After the race, Bowyer, whose contract with RCR ends at the end of this season said, “It’s just so important for me to be able to cap off such a good relationship with Richard. Everybody at RCR, it’s like family over there. Meant a lot for me to be able to win before we end this deal.”
American Ethanol is a partnership between NASCAR, Growth Energy, the National Corn Growers Association to promote domestically-produced ethanol. All NASCAR series races this year have been powered by 15% ethanol. The seventh race in the season-ending Chase championship will be next Sunday at Martinsville (Virginia) Speedway.