(MOORESVILLE, N.C. - October 6, 2012) - With a month-long break between ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards races, Alex Bowman has been making the best of his "down time."
The 19-year-old from Tucson, Ariz. has filled his free time by running three NASCAR Nationwide Series races. His debut was a whirlwind weekend for him as he raced at Chicagoland Speedway in the Dollar General 300 for Turner Motorsports, where he finished 17th before hopping on a plane to arrive five minutes prior to his introduction for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic presented by Federated Car Care at Salem Speedway later that night.
After starting at the back of the field, after Dakoda Armstrong practiced and qualified the car for him, Bowman and crew chief Paul Andrews went to work adjusting the No. 22 St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Dodge. At the completion of 200 laps, Bowman finished an exhausting day in fifth.
From there, Bowman returned to the Nationwide Series as he tackled the Kentucky 300 with RAB Racing, finishing 25th after experiencing a part failure while running sixth. The following week found Bowman back with Turner Motorsports, competing in the One Main Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway, finishing 19th.
Bowman's final week of the month-long break included an ARCA Racing Series test at Kansas Speedway, which was the site of his second ARCA victory last year. Kansas, the host of the season finale for the 20-race season, will decide a few different end-of-season award battles. While Bowman sits fourth in championship points, he leads the Team Messina Rookie Challenge going into the last two races. In addition, Bowman currently leads drivers with five Menards Pole Awards presented by Ansell, and he leads for the Aaron's Lap Leader Award.
For the test, Andrews and the team brought two very similar Dodges. The morning session showed Bowman posting the eighth and 10th quickest speeds in the identical No. 22 cars. After the team selected to concentrate their efforts on one of the Dodges, Bowman blew a right front tire in the center of the corner, slamming hard into the outside wall. After trying to "knock the wall down," Bowman rebounded by jumping into the other Dodge and picking up a half-second over his previous quick time, completing the test in the fifth spot overall.
Before heading back to Kansas, Bowman and the Cunningham Motorsports team will run the second dirt race this year, at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds on Sunday, October 14. Originally scheduled for September, excessive rain forced the postponement of the Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care on the one-mile dirt track. Bowman finished second in his first dirt track experience at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. in August after winning his fifth pole of the season.
A still-hurting - from his Kansas test wreck - Bowman is looking forward to his next dirt experience.
"Since we ran so good at Springfield in August, I am excited to head back to the dirt," he said. "It was a lot of fun - I even surprised myself with the pole at Springfield!"
From Team Release