Alex Bowman had a solid day in his No. 88 Chevrolet on Sunday at the Kansas Speedway. He finished third in the Hollywood Casino 400 for his seventh top 10 finish in his last nine starts on the season. He only had four in the previous 23 tries in 2020 at that. So, to have this type of run going for him, he’d have to feel pretty good about making his way to the Championship 4, right?
Instead, he’s got some work to do still he says.
Bowman, actually lost nine points in the standings despite his third place effort. He scored 12 stage points on a day that he said that his car wasn’t the best early.
“I think it’s obviously a really good day for us,” Bowman said after his fourth top 10 in the last five Cup races at Kansas. “We didn’t have the car that we hoped to have. We struggled with it quite a bit today. Still got good stage points. Didn’t really have the speed we wanted to have.”
Bowman, notes that they kept working on his car all day and they found the right path over the final couple of stops. He felt like that if that final caution doesn’t fly on Lap 220, then maybe he’d be the one celebrating in victory lane instead.
“We needed a little bit longer run there at the end,” he continued. “I think we were the fastest car, just kind of ran out of laps.”
It’s good and bad though that he had a day like this but lost points. Joey Logano wasn’t one Bowman could afford to win. That’s why he lost points.
“Happy and sad,” Bowman continued. “A little bit bummed we lost points. A little bummed Joey won. That makes my life harder over the next couple of weeks. I feel like we had a really good day. I’m really proud of my race team. A lot of people said we were going to go out early in the playoffs. We’re still here fighting. We’re still bringing really fast cars to the racetrack each and every week.”
Bowman, is now 27 points behind the cutoff line and likely going to need to win now over the next two weeks. He’s not won in the last 30 races and heading to Texas to where he did finish fifth in last year’s playoff race, but that’s his only top 10 there though too. After that, it’s to Martinsville to where he’s never had a top five at. He was sixth this past June though.