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Rust-Free Bowman Gets Xfinity Win

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, October 8 2017

Alex Bowman celebrates win in Charlotte on Saturday night. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Andrew Coppley)

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Alex Bowman drove to victory in Saturday night’s rain-delayed Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Bowman’s victory was his first in the the series.

Ryan Reed finished in 12th place, one position behind Brendan Gaughan. But Reed moved on to the Playoff’s Round of 8 by one point over Gaughan, who was eliminated along 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 in the Round of 8, with the series set to resume competition Oct. 21 at Kansas Speedway.

Bowman, who hadn’t raced since his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup/Xfinity Series doubleheader last November at Homestead-Miami Speedway, finished 1.390 seconds ahead of part-timer Sam Hornish Jr., who passed Team Penske teammate Ryan Blaney in the closing laps for the second position. The start was Hornish’s fifth of the season

Bowman drove to victory in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, under an agreement with Hendrick Motorsports. Since his last races at Homestead, Bowman has spent the bulk of his time driving simulators for HMS.

“I can’t thank Mr. (Rick) Hendrick and Chip Ganassi enough for letting me drive this car,” said Bowman, who will succeed Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Chevy in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series next year. “To get my first win here at my second home in Charlotte means so such.

“Thank you so much to all the fans for sticking out this rain delay. It’s been a long time since I’ve raced. My pit stops were terrible. I didn’t do a good job on pit road, but I felt like my restarts were really good. It feels amazing to finally get us one.”

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NASCAR XFINITY Series Race – Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Concord, North Carolina

Saturday, October 7, 2017

  1. (4) Alex Bowman(i), Chevrolet, 200.
  2. (31) Sam Hornish Jr., Ford, 200.
  3. (2) Ryan Blaney(i), Ford, 200.
  4. (12) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 200.
  5. (9) Brennan Poole (P), Chevrolet, 200.
  6. (13) Cole Custer # (P), Ford, 200.
  7. (8) Daniel Hemric # (P), Chevrolet, 200.
  8. (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. (3) 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, Handling, 13.
  39. (38) Gray Gaulding(i), Chevrolet, Electrical, 3.
  40. (32) Jeff Green, Chevrolet, Steering, 2.

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  122.685 mph.

Time of Race:  02 Hrs, 26 Mins, 43 Secs. Margin of Victory:  1.390 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  8 for 43 laps.

Lead Changes:  10 among 8 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 Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  D. Suarez(i) 3 times 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 times for 6 laps; T. Dillon(i) 1 time for 4 laps; H. Rhodes 1 time for 1 lap; E. Sadler (P) 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 20,18,22,7,21,9,42,2,00,12

Stage #2 Top Ten: 18,20,12,22,42,21,9,00,1,2

 

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, October 8 2017
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