Alex Bowman and his No. 88 Chevrolet team are starting to fire on all cylinders. On Monday, Bowman brought his Hendrick Motorsports entry runner-up for the second straight week on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule.
Last week in Talladega, Bowman came home second to his HMS teammate Chase Elliott. While he thought he had a move in him on the final lap to earn his first career win, the caution came out for a crash before he even got the opportunity.
This week, he wasn’t close enough to make that move for the win, coming home 9.5-seconds behind eventual race winner Martin Truex Jr., but to tie his career best result for a second straight week, Bowman is smiling again.
He credits how hard this team has worked recently and how the off week helped in a big way.
“I’m still proud of (crew chief) Greg Ives and everybody on this No. 88 team,” said Bowman after scoring his second top 10 of the year. “We had a miserable start to the season and we did a really good job of resetting over the off-weekend. We’ve come out strong since then. … It would be better if we had a trophy, right? But, we needed this, for sure. Talladega is a speedway and it’s a lot of luck involved. But to come here to, in my opinion the hardest race track we go do, and run like that from the back of all things, was pretty special. I’m just proud of everybody at Hendrick Motorsports for all the improvement we’ve made over the last year or so and we’re going to keep it going.”
Now, Bowman is hoping to keep this going on Saturday night in Kansas. He finished ninth in the fall race there last October.