Clint Bowyer bagged the last spot in the NASCAR All-Star Race at the Bristol Motor Speedway after winning the All-Star Race Fan Vote. Bowyer got the most votes among drivers who participated in the All-Star open race for a place in the headliner.
The fans’ grace got him on the field as the twentieth and last driver. Clint Bowyer drives the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing’s Ford.
Bowyer’s Fan Vote win breaks Hendrick Motorsports’ dominance for this spot. For the last four years, drivers from Hendrick Motorsports’ used to clinch the final seat.
Alex Bowman won the 2019 All-Star Fan Vote. Chase Elliott won for three consecutive years before Bowman. Both of those drivers qualified with race wins of 2019 and 2020.
The fight for the fan vote was quite tight. It was down to Clint Bowyer and Bubba Wallace. Eventually, Clint Bowyer won the Vote of the fans.
However, even if Bubba Wallace was to win the Fan vote, he would not have advanced to the main race as he had an accident in the All-Star open race.
With Bowyer’s Fan Vote win, every one of the four Stewart-Haas Racing vehicles was on the grid for the All-Star race.
Bowyer’s best completion in the All-Star Race came in 2014. He finished the race in seventh place. In fact, Kasey Kahne is the last driver who won the prestigious race after he was nominated by winning the Fan Vote, back in 2008.
The All-Star Fan vote winner Clint Bowyer thanked his fans in an emotional Tweet.
He wrote, “Nothing makes a competitor feel better than knowing they have a fan base behind them that supports what they do. No one appreciates that more than I do! I knew the competition was in trouble if they had to compete against mine.
“Thank you all.”
Clint Bowyer finished the race in the 15th position ahead of his teammate Cole Custer.