Thursday, May 17, 2018

Alex Bowman hoping to race way in to Saturday's All-Star Race

Alex Bowman is part of field wager at 10/1 odds to win All-Star Race.
Alex Bowman on getting into the All-Star Race:
“Win or race your way in, that is the way to do it for me. It would cool to be in it. Obviously, it would be really neat, we will just have to wait and see.”

Bowman on the all-star rules package:
“It is definitely going to be interesting and something different. It’s cool that NASCAR is trying to constantly make the racing better. We will just have to wait and see.”

Bowman on whether the All-Star Race is the right place to try the package:
“Absolutely, I think it gives you two samples between the Open and the All-Star Race. That is a place that typically gets pretty spread out, so we will see what it does for the racing.”

BOWMAN IN OPEN: Bowman has not yet taken the green flag in the All-Star Race, but has two starts in the Open qualifying event at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The 25-year-old posted his best start and finish in the Open in 2014 when he started and finished 13th. Bowman made his second appearance in the Open in 2015, finishing 27th following electrical issues. Charlotte Motor Speedway was the site of Bowman’s first NASCAR national series win after he crossed the line first in the fall NASCAR Xfinity Series race last year.

IVES’ ALL-STAR EXPERIENCE: Crew chief Greg Ives has called the shots three times for the No. 88 team at the all-star event at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The crew chief’s résumé for the event includes one top-five finish and two top-10s. The Bark River, Michigan, native was the race engineer for the No. 48 team between 2006 and 2012. The team won the All-Star Race twice during that time frame and started from the pole in 2009.

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