By Michael Guzman, Contributing Writer
Hampton, GA – Alex Bowman doesn’t know what’s next. And that doesn’t scare him. It may be a wheel-force data test at Daytona, he says chuckling. Either way, there doesn’t seem to be another NASCAR race on the horizon anytime soon for Bowman, despite a strong run during Saturday’s Active Pest Control 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
During the final restart with three laps to go, Bowman (who was substituting for an injured Justin Haley) forced a three wide battle with Ben Rhodes and Johnny Sauter on the way to an exciting sixth place finish.
It was an unexpected level of aggression for any driver, let alone a Hendrick Motorsports driver who was filling in at GMS Racing, but Bowman saw his opening before the green flag even dropped.
“Well we talked about it, and there was definitely a truck-width there,” Bowman said after the race. “Because I was there between the two of them, but they just didn’t want to let me keep going.”
After an impressive run in The Clash weeks ago, the former BK Racing and Tommy Baldwin Racing driver ran up front throughout his first truck race in over a year; learning a new series with a new team at a difficult track with little margin for error.
“It was a pretty steep learning curve,” Bowman admitted. “These trucks are a completely different beast than the cars are. At the same time, it was a blast. I really enjoyed it and we get some track position and some restarts to go a little differently, and I think we can contend for a win for sure.”
It really is a complex situation that not many drivers would be able to handle as well as the 23-year-old Phoenix native is currently doing.
At the end of the day, Bowman doesn’t allow his mind to get clouded. As he proved today, going for the win regardless keeps things pretty simple.
“It’s the same deal; you’ve got to be aggressive any time you’re in the car.”