MARTINSVILLE, Va.—When snow at Martinsville Speedway gave NASCAR a rare day off, Clint Bowyer loaded his car with kids and drove them to North Carolina for a day at the Hall of Fame.
As Bowyer returned to the track for yesterday's rescheduled race, he told his three-year-old son he wanted to take a picture with him in victory lane.
Cash Bowyer told his father he wanted a checkered flag.
Both father and son got their wish.
Bowyer snapped a 190-race losing streak dating to 2012 with a dominating victory at Martinsville Speedway. Yesterday's win continued the strong start to the NASCAR season for Stewart-Haas Racing, which has won four of the first six races to start the year.
“For whatever reason, it felt right driving up here. It's such a cool place to be able to drive up through the countryside on a two-lane road and think about the race,” Bowyer said.
“I told (Cash) this morning, I was like, 'Dammit, we've got to get our picture in victory lane.' He told me he wanted a checkered flag,” he added.
“He's really proud of that checkered flag!” Clint Bowyer said as the toddler waived the flag, and then leaned his head on his father's shoulder.
Bowyer then went into the stands to greet the fans who returned to Martinsville two days after a snowstorm pushed all track activity to yesterday.
Bowyer's victory was his first driving for SHR, the team he joined as Tony Stewart's replacement last year.
The move to SHR was supposed to turn Bowyer's fortunes around, but his struggles continued through his first year in the No. 14 Ford.
He finally figured it out on the short track in Virginia and won for the first time since his victory at Charlotte in October 2012.
Bowyer had led just 145 combined laps the last four years and bettered that yesterday with 215 laps led and his first career Martinsville victory.