SPARTA, Ky.– Alex Bowman suffered heavy damage from a blown right front tire in the second Stage Saturday evening at Kentucky Speedway.
While entering Turn 3, the No. 88 Axalta machine slammed into the outside wall after the failure. Bowman was running in the 16th position at the time of the incident. He will finish in last place, 39th.
“[It’s] unfortunate we blew a tire. Kind of looked like [the car] might have broken a brake rotor before that, but it’s hard to say because you break the brake rotor when you hit the wall anyway, so part of it.
“We will move on and evaluate what happened. Pretty early to blow a tire. So, my Axalta, Hendrick Motorsports guys will work hard and we will be better next week.”
Bowman ended a run of three consecutive top-ten finishes at Sonoma, Chicagoland, and Daytona.