Alex Bowman came into the Round of 12 as the hot sleeper pick to advance into the Round of 8. The Hendrick Motorsports driver was coming off of a runner-up last weekend on the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL to go along with being runner-up on all three tracks in the second round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.
For Sunday’s Drydene 400, Bowman rolled off from the 12th starting position. It was a respectable starting spot for a track that he led 16 laps at and finished second to Martin Truex Jr. back in May.
He’d charge quickly. Bowman, finished sixth in both stages and set himself up for a solid finish over the final 160 laps. He’d do just that.
Bowman, finished third in his No. 88 Chevrolet on Sunday for his third top six finish in four playoff tries. He went from one point behind the cutoff spot to 17 points above it heading to Talladega next weekend.
Speaking of Talladega, he was second there back in April.
“Yeah, I mean I think we had a good car there to start,” Bowman said of his day. “It’s just really hard to pass and it took a while for the track to widen out. I made up some track position and then I had an issue on a pit stop that kind of put us back behind some of the guys we just passed. We just have to keep working at it. Obviously, (Larson) and (Truex) were way out there, but we had a really good race car and I’m proud of my guys. I’m really proud of my race team and everyone for keeping their heads on straight. I’ll take it after last week. We got together with (Ryan Blaney) there off of Turn 2 really early and I was like ‘No, not again’. I’m glad he saved it. Just two cars going for one spot on the race track, nothing happened from there. We had a clean day. The only real issue we had was that one pit stop. But, aside from that pit stop, my guys were probably the fastest on pit road. I’ll take it for how good they are.”