NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Pit Notes #10
PIT NOTE #10
Bowyer Wins Pennzoil Victory Burnout Challenge – During pre-race activities for Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Pennzoil held its fifth annual Pennzoil Victory Burnout Challenge, which included five NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers.
When the smoke cleared, Clint Bowyer won his first competition, after having competed in the previous four.
The four other NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers competing in the competition were Shell/Pennzoil driver A.J. Allmendinger, Brad Keselowski, and former Pennzoil Victory Burnout Challenge winners Kasey Kahne and Joey Logano. Each driver took a turn in a different Richard Petty Driving School Pennzoil race car. Fans voted for the top two burnouts before a panel of three celebrity judges voted Bowyer the winner. The judges were Miss Sprint Cup, Jaclyn Roney; Colby Donaldson, a veteran of television’s “Survivor” and host of “Top Shot;” and Kim Spradlin, 2012 winner of the “Survivor.”
“Once I found second gear, it took me a while to find it, you just make more smoke.” said Bowyer, “This is fun. Thanks to Pennzoil, they make it a fun event for a fun weekend. It’s another great way to put on a great show during the all-star event for the fans. I had a lot of fun. I think my rider enjoyed it. It’s a neat thing that a lot of people might not realize that you have a rider in there with you. And they get that experience. When that left rear tire explodes it gets your attention. I’m certain that it got his attention. This competition is really so much fun. You just put the pedal to the metal.”
Explaining his burnout, Bowyer noted, “You try to get in second gear and those cars are not made for that.” said Bowyer, “I can’t believe they let us come out here and tear these things up a little bit. That’s pretty hard on equipment. Who would have ever thought that all of those years of snow-packed parking lots back in the Midwest would have ever paid off at a burnout contest at Charlotte in a competition at the All-Star Race. That’s how I won this, a lot of years under the radar in parking lots doing doughnuts! I was watching Kasey (Kahne) and we were all talking about how to get the car in second gear, because that is where you get the most smoke. I got the car in a drift and got it in second gear a little quicker than the other guys, and I think that was what gave us the most smoke.”
Bowyer is donating the $10,000 first place check to his charity, the Employee Community Foundation in his hometown of Emporia, Kan. “I’m just very thankful for that,” said Bowyer. “It’s the Employee Community Foundation. They just built a community center, so that money will go towards that building in my hometown that we are very proud of. Just thanks to Pennzoil for making that happen. Ten thousand dollars is very hard to raise for a foundation or charity. So, I’m thankful we had this opportunity. That was probably the easiest $10,000 I have ever raised.”