Alex Bowman finally got over the hump on the final day of June. The Hendrick Motorsports driver won his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Chicagoland Speedway. It was his sixth top 10 finish in a span of eight races including four of which being in the top two.
See, from Talladega through Kansas, Bowman brought his No. 88 Chevrolet home runner-up for three consecutive weeks. The win was long overdue. Unfortunately, that’s his lone bright spot since really the calendar turned to June in fact.
Alex Bowman leads the June 30 Camping World 400 at the Chicagoland Speedway
Over his last nine starts, Bowman has finished inside the top 10 just twice – one of which was that win in Chicago on June 30. His last five finishes since that victory are – 21st, 17th, 14th, 20th and 14th respectively.
He’s been a non factor. Yes, his win stamps his name into the Cup Series playoffs, but if he wants to make any kind of noise in it, he needs to get going again.
Chase Elliott was in a similar slump before his win last weekend in Watkins Glen. Bowman, needs to get out of his slump in similar fashion this weekend at the Michigan International Speedway – the site of his other top 10 since the start of June. So far, he’s looked good too. Bowman, was fourth, 17th and second respectively in practice and fifth and fourth respectively on Saturday on the 10 lap averages chart. He will start fourth on Sunday.