Clint Bowyer Edges Out Greg Biffle to Win the First-Ever NASCAR Holeshot Challenge
The inaugural Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, #NASCARHoleshot Challenge presented by Oakley brought four of stock car racing's biggest stars off the pavement and into the dirt in front of 61,683 fans inside the Georgia Dome. The holeshot is arguably the most exciting element of any Monster Energy Supercross race as riders storm out of the gate into the first turn, and on Saturday night HScott Motorsports #15 driver Clint Bowyer edged out his fellow NASCAR drivers in this special, one-of-a-kind race.
Stewart-Haas Racing #41 driver Kurt Busch gave the call to start the engines as Grand Marshal before Stewart-Haas Racing #10 driver Danica Patrick kicked things off by holding the 30 second board, setting the stage for Bowyer, Roush-Fenway Racing's #16 Greg Biffle and #17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., as well as Richard Childress Racing #3 driver Ty Dillon. As the board went sideways, signifying the start was imminent, six-time Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson, who drives the Rick Hendrick Racing #48, dropped the gate and the four competitors launched down the start straight. Biffle had the initial advantage, but Bowyer gained ground and slipped by just before the finish line, carrying so much momentum that he slid off the track and into a protective barrier. He quickly got back to his feet, and the massive crowd inside the Georgia Dome roared in support.
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