Bowman hopes to be second to none
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 mid-May 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.
Full name: Alexander Michael Bowman
Birth date: April 25, 1993
Birthplace: Tucson, Ariz.
Height: 6 feet, 1 inch
Car: No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
Monster Energy Cup wins: 0
Top 10s: 17
Honors and achievements: 2011 K&N Pro Series East Rookie of the Year; 2012 ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year; pole winner at the 2018 Daytona 500
Did you know: Replaced Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Hendrick when the popular driver retired following the 2017 season