Clint Bowyer saw his night at Richmond International Raceway end when his right front caught on fire presumably due to tire debris from the inside of his right front tire.
Bowyer had a small flicker of fire on the right front of his car when he came to pit road, moments later the front end of his AAA Insurance Toyota was melting away.
“First of all, I want to say sorry to Kyle,” Bowyer told Fox Sports about his early incident with pole sitter Kyle Larson.. “I’m a big fan of his, he’s been doing a great job, and I hate that it happened on the first lap. Him and [Brad Keselowski] kind of spun their tires, I got a big run on him, and he moved up.
“I was like, ‘Here we go to the lead’, and at that time, he cut down and I flat got into him. I’m glad he didn’t get in the wall there. The last thing I want to do was ruin his day.”
Bowyer expected to be a contender at Richmond but instead finishes with a 43rd place finish.
“We had a good car in practice,” he said. “I have absolutely no idea what happened tonight. I did not see this coming. I really though we were gonna have a shot at contending for the win tonight. It’s kind of the story of our year so far.”