Clint Bowyer triggers wreck that collects Dale Earnhardt Jr., others

The No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and others in a wreck early in Sunday's Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The final race for Michael Waltrip Racing did not end well Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, as both of the team’s cars were involved in a Lap 45 wreck during the Ford EcoBoost 400.

Racing in the middle of the pack, Bowyer was running under Ty Dillon off Turn 2 when the No. 15 Toyota broke loose, made contact with the left rear of Dillon’s No. 33 Chevrolet and triggering a multi-car wreck.

Sliding across the field, Bowyer made contact with Dale Earnhardt Jr., who turned sideways and was then hit by Aric Almirola. Bowyer’s MWR teammate David Ragan and Germain Racing’s Casey Mears also suffered damage in the incident, which brought out the fourth caution of the day.

"I don’t know what the hell happened to our car," a clearly disappointed Bowyer said. "I was kind of optimistic about the race. We made a pit stop there and the car was just way big handful there. I was coming off the corner there and Ty got kind of squirrely there and I tried to stay off of him, my car got loose and I just couldn’t catch it. Just lost the handling of our car big time there."

With MWR shutting its doors after Sunday’s race at Homestead, Bowyer was looking for big things in his final start in the No. 15 Toyota.

"You hate to end this way," he said. "You wanted to end on a strong note for everyone at MWR. Appreciate all of their hard work and efforts all these years, but unfortunately it is over."

Next season Bowyer will drive for HScott Motorsports before moving to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017 to replace Tony Stewart, who will retire after 2016.