Clint Bowyer, a winner at Sonoma in 2012, was sidelined after completing just five laps by an electrical issue that filled the cockpit of his No. 15 Chevrolet with smoke.
"Smoke is never good in the cockpit and it stinks. Hell, I couldn't breathe," said Bowyer, who finished last in the 40-car field. … “
On Lap 5 of the 110-lap race, Bowyer’s HScott Motorsports Chevrolet had an electric fire, forcing him to stop on course in Turn 8. Clearly upset, Bowyer threw his helmet into the cockpit of his car.
“Yeah, it’s terribly frustrating,” said Bowyer, who came into this race 23rd in points. “This is my favorite race track and I’ve run really good at it. I don’t know. It kind of sometimes inexcusable when stuff breaks that quick, but who knows what happened. I’m sure a wire was rubbing on something or something and just shorted out and burnt up. It’s a shame.”
Seriously. In all the years. I've never had a shock catch fire.— Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) June 27, 2016