Alex Bowman is sick of being a bridesmaid. See, heading into Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET/FOX/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), Bowman has brought his No. 88 Chevrolet home second in each of the last three points paying races. If you would have asked him at the beginning of the season if he’d take three second place runs in-a-row, he likely would have taken you up on that.
See, in Bowman’s first 126 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, he had just three top five finishes. Those all came with Hendrick Motorsports last year. One was at Bristol in the Spring, one was at Pocono in the Summer and the other on the Charlotte ROVAL in the Fall.
Just one top five a season basically. So, to have three straight top two finishes in-a-row, that’s a turnaround that he’s been looking for.
But, now that he’s had three though, he’s growing sick of it. He just wants to win.
The first one was more joy at Talladega. It was what this team has needed. He finished second to his teammate Chase Elliott but before he could make a move for the win, the caution came out. The next week in Dover, he was a wide 8+ seconds behind race winner Martin Truex Jr. He had nothing for the win, so another second place effort was great for team morale.
Then Kansas happened.
Bowman, was battling Elliott for the win in the closing laps, but despite getting by and holding the lead late in the race itself, he was passed for the win by Brad Keselowski. It was gut wrenching. Another runner-up, this time his best shot.
Now, he’s wanting to improve just one position. He’s so close he can taste it. Maybe this is the week.
Bowman, finished ninth in this race last year and obviously has three consecutive top five finishes on the year. HMS has also won this race 11 times in the past.
Watch out for Bowman on Sunday night.