Alex Bowman maybe feels the warmth of the summer season greater than anybody else within the NASCAR Cup Collection storage.
Ever since Bowman joined Hendrick Motorsports full-time in 2018, he has raced in 52 occasions in June, July and August so far. Throughout the 5 seasons — the fifth of which is at present within the works — he has averaged a 14.52 end in summer season races. Specifics there’ll comply with, however for now, the main focus might be on the continued 2022.
“Summers have been tough on us during the last couple years, and all people’s actually fast to level that out,” Bowman advised NASCAR.com. “So, we’re making an attempt to do our greatest to get by means of the summer season higher but additionally not put all our give attention to that and neglect in regards to the playoffs. Simply bought to be sturdy the en
tire remainder of the yr and attempt to deliver race automobiles to the race observe which can be able to successful every week.”
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With 10 races remaining earlier than the postseason begins, Bowman has received as soon as by means of 16 regular-season races — in Race 3 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway — and due to this fact secured a provisional playoff berth. General, he has three top-five and 9 top-10 finishes. His most up-to-date, greatest end was tenth at Charlotte Motor Speedway, three races in the past. That was additionally the final race weekend in Could, queuing up the summer season stretch Bowman does not favor.
Within the first two summer season races at World Large Know-how and Sonoma Raceway, Bowman completed thirteenth and sixteenth, respectively. Up subsequent is Nashville Superspeedway on Sunday (5 p.m. ET on NBC/NBC Sports activities App, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Bowman positioned 14th there final yr within the Cup Collection’ debut. BetMGM lists Bowman at 18-1 odds to win the Ally 400, as of Thursday afternoon.
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“Gateway wasn’t nice for us, wasn’t nice for HMS as a complete,” Bowman stated. “Sonoma we had been OK after which bought crashed there on that final restart. We should always have by no means completed sixteenth; we must always have been approach higher than that.
“However I feel we’re in an OK, spot. We have been a bit of extra constant than regular this yr. I want we had a bit of extra uncooked pace than we have had, however simply type of preserve engaged on it.”
And preserve the consistency up by means of the summer season.
Now again to the larger image. Beneath is an entire breakdown of Bowman’s June-August outcomes since 2018.
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Bowman has seven profession wins in whole. Two got here in June (2019 and 2021) and it ties March (2020 and 2022) for many in a month. April, Could and October every had one apiece then, all in 2021. So, even with all of the summer season shade, it is truly Victory Lane season for Bowman, together with spring.
Not-so-minor particulars like that are usually forgotten the place Bowman is worried. Like final yr, the very fact Bowman had the second-most wins (4) was hardly ever talked about. Higher but, from the beginning of the 2021 season to current day, Bowman has the second-most wins (5), interval.
“That is simply a part of my life,” Bowman stated, as Roscoe or Finn barked within the background. “Even my canine’s mad about it, apparently. So, it’s what it’s. Simply kinda not a lot I can do to vary it aside from proceed to win races.”