Bowman picks up highest finish of 2018 at ISM Raceway
By James Jackson
March 11, 2018
AVONDALE, Ariz.—Alex Bowman earned his highest finish and first lead lap of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Sunday at ISM Raceway.
Bowman placed 13th in the Ticket Guardian 500; his previous highest finish of 2018 was 16th place at Las Vegas last week.
“I don’t know if we had brake fans or not because we didn’t have any other fans, everything inside the car quit,” Bowman said of his day. “My helmet blower quit, everything quit. It was hot. I burnt my feet pretty good, but the racecar wasn’t bad.
“Just my trackbar quit when everything else quit, so I had no adjustment all day too. We overcame a lot. I sped on pit road, when I swerved to miss some debris. Had some bad pit stops and rebounded from it.
“We will take 13th for as rough as today was.”
Bowman unofficially sits 17th in driver’s standings after the fourth race of the season.
Alex Bowman started the Ticket Guardian 500 at ISM Raceway in fourth position. Bowman wasted no time challenging teammate Chase Elliott for the third position.
On the first green-flag run, Bowman lost several positions. By the competition caution, Bowman was eighth. Bowman ended up restarting in the middle of the field after the jack dropped on his pit stop.
With 17 to go, Bowman charged up to 19th position. At the end of Stage 1, Bowman finished in 16th position.
Stage 2 started very uneventful for Bowman. By lap 30 in Stage 2, Bowman managed to race his way up to 14th position. After Kyle Larson spun out on lap 121, Bowman restarted in 13th.
After a late caution at the end of Stage 2, the field did a one lap sprint to the end of the stage. Bowman ended up finishing Stage 2 in 29th, because some drivers elected to stay out.
Bowman started Stage 3 in 23rd position.
After a caution, Bowman maintained his position in 22nd. Bowman started to make his way up the field as he moved up to 16th position
With 15 laps to go in the race; Bowman advanced to 13th position, his eventual race-finishing position.
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