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Bowman: It “sucks to come back up a pair brief once more”

While Hendrick Motorsports teammates William Byron (two) and Kyle Larson have together won three of the series’ first six races, Bowman struggled with a three-race stretch of no finish better than 18th. He snapped that streak with a solid fourth place finish last week at Bristol and followed it up with another fourth Sunday at Circuit

Bowman: It “sucks to come back up a pair brief once more”

Whereas Hendrick Motorsports teammates William Byron (two) and Kyle Larson have collectively received three of the collection’ first six races, Bowman struggled with a three-race stretch of no end higher than 18th.

He snapped that streak with a strong fourth place end final week at Bristol and adopted it up with one other fourth Sunday at Circuit of the Americas.

Even higher was Bowman and his No. 48 Chevrolet group put themselves in place late in Sunday’s race to contend for the win – a hopeful signal for a driver making an attempt to finish what’s now a 67-race winless streak.

Bowman’s group was one of many first to hit pit highway Sunday for its last inexperienced flag cease to tackle new tires and gasoline to make it to the end. The gamble put Bowman again out on the observe in second behind chief Byron.

Bowman appeared to make up floor on his teammate for a couple of laps however ultimately he pale again to fourth as he additionally was informed by his group he wanted to preserve gasoline as a precaution.

“I’m simply bummed,” Bowman stated after the race. “In all probability simply obtained caught out in visitors after our final pit cease. It was a nasty spot that I needed to run too arduous on low air and beat the rear tires up.

“Sort of inched in on William for a bit, however then the rear tires simply went away. Yeah, undoubtedly needed to handle it some. Undoubtedly some tire fall-off right here.

“We had a very good day, simply sucks to come back up a pair brief once more.”

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Nonetheless, Sunday’s outcome was Bowman’s third high 5 end within the season’s first six races. He’s already only one wanting his high 5 complete for every of the previous two seasons (4). He’s additionally improved to eleventh within the collection standings.

Jeff Gordon, vice chairman of Hendrick Motorsports, stated he was glad to see Bowman and his group start to faucet into their potential.

“When he will get on a roll, he will get his confidence up; there’s no telling what they’re able to doing,” Gordon stated. “I’m actually glad for them. Two high fives in a row. They’d had a pair tough weeks, so that they wanted this.

“Hendrick Motorsports is hard, proper? 4 of the highest drivers and groups on the market, and there’s numerous strain on you. In case you’re successful, there’s strain to proceed. If you’re not successful otherwise you’re not on the identical stage as your teammates, there’s a ton of strain that you simply obtained to get there.”

Gordon stated he believes Bowman excels finest at going through tough challenges and the rocky begin to the season after a formidable runner-up end within the Daytona 500 actually introduced one.

“I’m going to go away right here and attempt to discover extra methods to actually problem him much more,” Gordon stated. “He’s a terrific race automobile driver. It simply takes the entire mixture.

“I feel his confidence within the automobile, particularly as soon as they dropped the inexperienced flag, it confirmed.”

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