After Win, Bowman Eyes Jersey Road Race
TOLEDO, Ohio – Alex Bowman and Brennan Poole, two of the ARCA Racing Series’ top championship contenders, shared their thoughts on maneuvering Winchester Speedway with one another before Sunday’s Herr’s Chase the Taste 200.
Given their short track success already this year – Bowman won in Salem, Ind. and Poole won in Elko, Minn. – they certainly knew they might see each other near the front of Sunday’s field. They may not have imagined, however, they would be so evenly matched.
Of the final 165 of Sunday’s 200 laps, Bowman and Poole combined to lead 105. At Lap 53, while Poole led, Bowman improved to second.
For three consecutive laps just after that, they ran as tight as they would all race, separated by less than one tenth of a second. In all, the two ran first and second for 85 laps – 55 led by Poole and 30 by Bowman in his run to the finish and Victory Lane.
“I couldn’t pick a better driver to do that with,” Bowman said in victory lane Sunday. “He’s, in my opinion, one of the best out here. I try to learn as much as I can from him. He’s got some more stock car experience than I do. He actually helped me out with some line stuff earlier today, talking about running lower in (turns) three and four, and it helped me early in the run.”
After such tight racing, Bowman made sure to thank Poole for racing him cleanly throughout the afternoon.
Nine days earlier, Bowman might not have imagined he would be celebrating at Winchester, much less be in Winchester. Sponsorship concerns after the race at Michigan Int’l Speedway left the Tucson, Ariz. driver wondering whether he would make the trip to drive the No. 22 Dodge. He said Sunday that he does not have similar worries as he looks forward to next Sunday’s race at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
“We’ll be at New Jersey, and we should be strong there too,” he said. “We’ve been working hard on getting the whole season funded, so we’re getting close, especially with these last three runs we’ve had.”
Bowman was third at Pocono Raceway on June 9 and second at Michigan on June 15. Now, he is the 81st driver in ARCA Racing Series history with four career wins.