Evaluation: Alex Bowman’s profession summer time stretch at Hendrick

Alex Bowman maybe feels the warmth of the summer time 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 to this point. Throughout the 5 seasons — the fifth of which is at the moment within the works — he has averaged a 14.52 end in summer time races. Specifics there’ll observe, however for now, the main target might be on the continued 2022.

“Summers have been tough on us during the last couple years, and everyone’s actually fast to level that out,” Bowman advised NASCAR.com. “So, we’re attempting to do our greatest to get by way of the summer time higher but in addition not put all our concentrate on that and neglect concerning the playoffs. Simply bought to be sturdy the en

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tire remainder of the 12 months and attempt to deliver race vehicles to the race monitor which might be able to profitable every week.”

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With 10 races remaining earlier than the postseason begins, Bowman has received as soon as by way of 16 regular-season races — in Race 3 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway — and subsequently secured a provisional playoff berth. General, he has three top-five and 9 top-10 finishes. His most up-to-date, finest end was tenth at Charlotte Motor Speedway, three races in the past. That was additionally the final race weekend in Might, queuing up the summer time stretch Bowman would not favor.

Within the first two summer time races at World Extensive 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 12 months 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 an entire,” Bowman stated. “Sonoma we have been OK after which bought crashed there on that final restart. We must 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 12 months. I want we had a bit of extra uncooked pace than we have had, however simply form of maintain engaged on it.”

And maintain the consistency up by way of the summer time.

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, Might and October every had one apiece then, all in 2021. So, even with all of the summer time 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 12 months, the very fact Bowman had the second-most wins (4) was not often 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 alter it apart from proceed to win races.”

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