Bowman Back On NNS Pole In Texas
FORT WORTH, Texas – Rookie Alex Bowman became the first driver in Texas Motor Speedway history to complete a season sweep of NASCAR Nationwide Series poles Saturday, when he captured the top spot for the ninth annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge during the Pinnacle Propane Qualifying Days.
Bowman, driver of the No. 99 Microsoft Windows Toyota Camry, won his first career NNS pole during April’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at TMS. Bowman, 20, added his second P1 start of the season with a hot lap of 186.194 mph. A resident of Tucson, Ariz., Bowman has taken an immediate liking to the high-banked, 1.5-mile quadoval as his only front-row starts through 31 Nationwide Series events this season have come at TMS.
Bowman also became the sixth driver in TMS history to own multiple Nationwide Series poles and now is one shy of the record held by Kyle Busch, who has three in 16 career starts.
Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski, who went out 39th of 41 entries, took a run at Bowman’s lap but fell shy by 0.033-seconds at 185.982 mph. That run placed the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang on the outside of the front row.
Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the No. 12 Wurth Ford, qualified third at 185.682 mph while Trevor Bayne will start fourth in the No. 6 Ford EcoBoost Ford after lapping at 184.919 mph. Series championship leader Austin Dillon, driver of the No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Camaro, will start fifth at 184.685 mph. Dillon has a an eight-point lead over Hornish as both chase their first NNS titles with three races remaining.
Other notable Sprint Cup Series drivers in the field are Busch (sixth), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in his first series start of the season (seventh), Matt Kenseth (13th) and Denny Hamlin (18th).
The 220-lap/300-mile race is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. (CDT).No Comment