Published on September 29th, 2009 | by Michael J Smith0
Bowyer Wins Dover 200; Tempers Flare
Clint Bowyer passed Kyle Busch with 83 laps remaining and never relinquished the lead to win the Dover 200 from Dover International Speedway. The win was Bowyer’s second this season.
Top 5: Bowyer, Mike Bliss, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards.
Jason Lefler, Reed Sorenson, Scott Speed, David Reutimann, and Jason Keller finished sixth through 10th, respectively.
Notables: Matt Kenseth (11th), Steve Wallace (12th), Martin Truex Jr (16th), Kenny Wallace (20th), Justin Allgaier (25th), Denny Hamlin (27th), Ryan Newman (30th), and Joe Nemechek (35th).
On lap 190, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin were racing for position. Hamlin was running about one lane up in the corner, and Keselowski tried to get to his inside for the pass. The two made contact, sending Hamlin spinning into the inside wall, ending his day.
After the race, Hamlin met Keselowski on pit road and the two got into a minor shoving match before crew members broke the two up.
Afterwards, Keselowski blamed Hamlin for the accident, saying:
I was just there. I was underneath him. Earlier in the day when he got underneath me in the same scenario I gave him room. I paid him a favor and I expected the same favor to be returned. He didn’t. I held my ground.
Hamlin said, after the incident:
Oh, the 88 [Keselowski], he just [stinks] real bad. He just ran into us.
Keselowski said he did nothing wrong:
I held my ground, just like I did at Talladega [to win the Cup race] and just like I’m going to do for the rest of my career. I’m not going to be pushed around, whether it’s Denny Hamlin or whoever it is. … I race everyone the same on the race track and that’s the same as they race me.
Hamlin later said:
I wanted to talk to him. He obviously needs some sort of guidance on what he needs to do to make it. He’s got a ton of talent, I am not going to take that away from him – he’s a good driver. If he can harness it, he’ll win a lot more races. At the Cup level, he’ll realize it. A lot of it is he doesn’t have a lot of Cup experience, and that’s OK, he’s getting there. Once he starts to get out there on Sunday, and see how to race, he’ll realize in his younger years he didn’t do it the right way.
See the Hamlin/Keselowski incident: