Alex Bowman’s first NASCAR win got here in his 51st begin.
Behind the wheel of a automotive on one thing apart from a digital race monitor for the primary time in almost a yr, Alex Bowman warmed up for the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports trip he’ll inherit subsequent season with a surprising victory in Saturday evening’s rain-delayed Drive for the Treatment 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Behind Bowman, who gained for the primary time within the NASCAR Xfinity Collection, Ryan Reed soldiered residence in 12th place, one place behind Brendan Gaughan. However Reed moved on to the Xfinity Playoff’s Spherical of eight by one level over Gaughan, who was eradicated together with Jeremy Clements (20th on Saturday), Blake Koch (25th) and Michael Annett (27th).
Reed joins Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler, Brennan Poole, Cole Custer, Daniel Hemric, William Byron and Matt Tifft within the Spherical of eight, with the sequence set to renew competitors Oct. 21 at Kansas Speedway.
Bowman, who hadn’t raced since his Monster Vitality NASCAR Cup / Xfinity Collection doubleheader final November at Homestead-Miami Speedway, completed 1.390 seconds forward of part-timer Sam Hornish Jr., who handed Staff Penske teammate Ryan Blaney within the closing laps for the second place. The beginning was Hornish’s fifth of the season
The automotive Bowman drove to victory in a race that began 5 hours late due to persistent rain was the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, beneath an settlement with Hendrick Motorsports. Since his final races at Homestead, Bowman has spent the majority of his time driving simulators for HMS.
“I can’t thank Mr. (Rick) Hendrick and Chip Ganassi sufficient for letting me drive this automotive,” mentioned Bowman, who will succeed Dale Earnhardt Jr. within the No. 88 Chevy within the Monster Vitality NASCAR Cup Collection subsequent yr. “To get my first win right here at my second residence in Charlotte means so such.
“Thanks a lot to all of the followers for protruding this rain delay. It’s been a very long time since I’ve raced. My pit stops have been horrible. I didn’t do an excellent job on pit street, however I felt like my restarts have been actually good. It feels superb to lastly get us one.”
With Bowman pulling out to a large lead after the ultimate restart on Lap 167, the true suspense concerned Gaughan and Reed, who have been locked in an intense battle for the ultimate playoff place. Gaughan handed Reed for 12th on Lap 181 of 200, however wanted yet another place to remain alive within the Playoff.
Gaughan handed Byron for 11th, however Reed adopted. As Gaughan chased Sadler for 10th, Reed needed to keep at bay a problem from Brandon Jones, Gaughan’s teammate at Richard Childress Racing. Gaughan ran out of time in his pursuit of Sadler, who was on older tires, and the final playoff spot belonged to Reed.
“We have been getting the 1 (Sadler), however we want Brandon to get in entrance of (Reed), however an excellent run,” Gaughan mentioned. “We had a good season, however I wouldn’t say nice. We’re going to go on and attempt to see if we are able to win a few races…
“Nothing ever comes straightforward round me and (crew chief) Shane Wilson, however we wouldn’t need it every other means.”
Although he certified for the Spherical of eight, Tifft had his share of nervous moments. On Lap 99, he got here to pit street complaining of a vibration, incurred a penalty for a runaway tire and misplaced a lap. However Tifft regained the lead circuit beneath warning for Erik Jones’ spin on Lap 121 and salvaged a ninth-place end result.
“We’ve been preventing again from numerous tough conditions,” Tifft mentioned. “We have been in a position to put our MotoRad Camry again within the high 10 right this moment, and we had a lot stuff happening right this moment.
“Actually enthusiastic about our possibilities within the second spherical, and we’re using the precise wave proper now, and I really feel like we’re getting issues clicking between the group and I proper now. So it’s an excellent time for us proper now, and it was an excellent battle right this moment for certain.”
Be aware: Justin Allgaier, who entered the race because the sequence chief, hit a battery that fell from Angela Ruch’s automotive when Ruch spun in Flip 2 for the second time. Allgaier’s engine overheated and eventually expired, relegating the JR Motorsports driver to a 33rd-place end.
Alex Bowman’s first NASCAR win got here in his 51st begin.
NASCAR Xfinity Collection Race Outcomes Drive for the Treatment 300 introduced by Blue Cross Blue Defend of North Carolina
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Harmony, North Carolina
Saturday, October 7, 2017
1. (four) Alex Bowman(i), Chevrolet, 200.
2. (31) Sam Hornish Jr., Ford, 200.
three. (2) Ryan Blaney(i), Ford, 200.
four. (12) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 200.
5. (9) Brennan Poole (P), Chevrolet, 200.
6. (13) Cole Custer # (P), Ford, 200.
7. (eight) Daniel Hemric # (P), Chevrolet, 200.
eight. (1) Daniel Suarez(i), Toyota, 200.
9. (14) Matt Tifft # (P), Toyota, 200.
10. (7) Elliott Sadler (P), Chevrolet, 200.
11. (16) Brendan Gaughan (P), Chevrolet, 200.
12. (11) Ryan Reed (P), Ford, 200.
13. (22) Brandon Jones, Chevrolet, 200.
14. (20) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 200.
15. (10) Ty Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 200.
16. (6) William Byron # (P), Chevrolet, 200.
17. (18) Corey LaJoie(i), Toyota, 200.
18. (21) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 200.
19. (19) JJ Yeley, Toyota, 200.
20. (23) Jeremy Clements (P), Chevrolet, 199.
21. (25) Ray Black II, Chevrolet, 199.
22. (30) Harrison Rhodes, Chevrolet, 199.
23. (27) Garrett Smithley, Chevrolet, 199.
24. (33) Mario Gosselin, Chevrolet, 199.
25. (15) Blake Koch (P), Chevrolet, 199.
26. (29) David Starr, Chevrolet, 198.
27. (17) Michael Annett (P), Chevrolet, 197.
28. (28) BJ McLeod, Chevrolet, 196.
29. (34) Chad Finchum, Toyota, 193.
30. (three) Erik Jones(i), Toyota, 192.
31. (26) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, Oil Leak, 161.
32. (36) Mike Harmon, Dodge, Suspension, 160.
33. (5) Justin Allgaier (P), Chevrolet, Overheating, 112.
34. (24) Spencer Gallagher #, Chevrolet, Accident, 62.
35. (37) Timmy Hill, Dodge, Steering, 52.
36. (35) Angela Ruch, Chevrolet, Accident, 36.
37. (40) Reed Sorenson(i), Chevrolet, Electrical, 15.
38. (39) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, Dealing with, 13.
39. (38) Grey Gaulding(i), Chevrolet, Electrical, three.
40. (32) Jeff Inexperienced, Chevrolet, Steering, 2.
Common Velocity of Race Winner: 122.685 mph.
Time of Race: 02 Hrs, 26 Minutes, 43 Secs. Margin of Victory: 1.390 Seconds.
Warning Flags: eight for 43 laps.
Lead Modifications: 10 amongst eight drivers.
Lap Leaders: D. Suarez(i) 1-40; E. Jones(i) 41-47; T. Dillon(i) 48-51; D. Suarez(i) 52-93; H. Rhodes 94; D. Suarez(i) 95-123; R. Blaney(i) 124-161; W. Byron # (P) 162-165; E. Sadler (P) 166; W. Byron # (P) 167-168; A. Bowman(i) 169-200.
Leaders Abstract (Driver, Occasions Lead, Laps Led): D. Suarez(i) three instances for 111 laps; R. Blaney(i) 1 time for 38 laps; A. Bowman(i) 1 time for 32 laps; E. Jones(i) 1 time for 7 laps; W. Byron # (P) 2 instances for six laps; T. Dillon(i) 1 time for four laps; H. Rhodes 1 time for 1 lap; E. Sadler (P) 1 time for 1 lap.
Stage #1 High Ten: 20,18,22,7,21,9,42,2,00,12
Stage #2 High Ten: 18,20,12,22,42,21,9,00,1,2
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