Bow­man seeks first ca­reer Cup vic­tory at Po­cono

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - The Comics -

In the cat­e­gory of “al­ways a brides­maid, never a bride,” we present for your con­sid­er­a­tion one Alex Bow­man.

In­deed, as April turned to May, the 26-year-old Ari­zo­nan was prov­ing him­self the mas­ter of the sec­ond-place fin­ish, reg­is­ter­ing con­sec­u­tive run­ner-up show­ings at Tal­ladega, Dover and Kansas, thus join­ing a hand­ful of greats in­clud­ing Richard Petty, Dar­rell Wal­trip, Jeff Gor­don and Hen­drick Motorsport­s team­mate Jim­mie John­son as driv­ers to pull off the some­what dis­ap­point­ing though points-friendly feat.

And those three top-five fin­ishes also ar­guably saved his sea­son, as they vaulted the driver of the No. 88 Chevro­let Ca­maro ZL1 into 12th place in the Mon­ster En­ergy Cup stand­ings as of midMay af­ter fin­ish­ing out of the top 10 in his first six starts of 2019.

He had his first ca­reer Cup vic­tory well within his sights three weeks ago, when he dom­i­nated for much of the race at Kansas, lead­ing for 63 of 105 laps and even pulling away from the pack on a few oc­ca­sions. But as the track cooled in the night air, con­di­tions changed and Bow­man soon found Brad Ke­selowski in his rearview mir­ror, and he would pass Bow­man for the vic­tory in a green-white-check­ered fin­ish.

Sun­day, June 2, on Fox, Bow­man will com­pete in the Po­cono 400 at Pennsylvan­ia’s Po­cono Race­way, a 2.5-mile tri-oval on which he had strug­gled in his five-plus years in Cup rac­ing un­til he fin­ished third in last July’s Gan­der Out­doors 400.

He no doubt hopes bet­ter fin­ishes are ahead.

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