LAS VEGAS — A fast pitstop and clutch restart netted Alex Bowman his first Cup Series win and seventh of his career Sunday in the Pennzoil 400.
Bowman outdueled teammate Kyle Larson in NASCAR Overtime at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to snag his first victory since Martinsville in October of 2021.
“This thing was so fast all day,” said Bowman, who led only 16 laps. “Never had the track position we needed to show it.”
2021 champion and last year’s March Las Vegas winner finished second after leading three times for 27 laps, coming up short to his teammate after leading the field back to the green in Overtime.
“When I heard them say we were taking two tires, I was pleased by it,” Larson said of the final pit stop that netted him the race lead. “The grip was surprising. I had good grip there on two tires. I just got a little too focused on side-drafting him into Turn 3.”
Ross Chastain finished third after leading a race-high 83 laps and won Stage 2. It was his highest finish since he placed runner-up at Nashville last June.
“This is what all the work is for,” Chastain said. “This is why we train and try to build our whole lives and careers once we realize we can race at this level, is to have race cars like that. I couldn’t be more proud of Trackhouse, and thankful for Justin Marks and Chevrolet.
Kyle Busch, who was leading the race prior to a late-race caution that sent the race into overtime, led 49 laps before ultimately finishing fourth.
“Felt like I inched away finally and we were coming to the white or something, I don’t know what it was, but anyways, it wasn’t meant to be,” Busch said. “Not our day.”
William Byron rounded out the Top-5.