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Alex Bowman Returns to Hometown Track

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This weekend, Alex Bowman will make his first MENCS trip to ISM Raceway since subbing for Dale Jr. in 2016. This should be a benchmark race for Bowman in his early career as the driver of the #88 Hendrick Chevrolet. In 2016 while subbing for Dale Earnhardt Jr., Bowman won his first career MENCS Pole at this very track. Not only did he win the pole, but he dominated most of the race. Bowman led 194 of 324 laps en route to a sixth-place finish. If it wasn’t for a late race caution, Bowman likely would’ve won his first career race on that day.

Alex finished 5th and 8th at ISM last year driving for Chip Ganassi Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. In 2011, he led 23 laps on the way to a 2nd place finish in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series. Regardless of what he’s driving, he seems to find his way towards the front at the track.

However, this is not the only reason that he should be looking forward to returning to ISM Raceway. Bowman’s hometown is Tucson, Arizona meaning that ISM Raceway is his “hometown” track. Drivers always bring their A-game every week, but there always seems to be an extra pressure to perform when in their hometown.

Friday night Bowman qualified in the fourth position for Sunday’s race and has been in the top 15 in every practice so far this weekend. With his past performance at the track, and with a strong showing so far this weekend, he looks to be headed towards a strong run on Sunday. If he can run a mistake-free race and his crew performs just as well, Sunday could be a breakout performance for Bowman.