Hendrick Motorsports driver Bowman was third heading into the ultimate complicated of corners that ends the three.41-mile, 20-turn Texas monitor behind chief Chastain (Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet) and the Kaulig Racing Chevrolet of highway course specialist AJ Allmendinger, who had gained Saturday’s Xfinity race.
After Allmendinger had run Chastain large into the tight Flip 16 left-hander, Chastain retaliated by bumping Allmendinger into the lengthy Flip 17 right-hander as Bowman moved previous each to emerge forward from the nook’s second apex.
However approaching the Flip 19 left, with Bowman on the racing line and Allmendinger overlaying the within, Chastain then hit Allmendinger once more which despatched the previous Champ Automobile racer into Bowman.
Whereas Bowman ran large, Allmendinger spun into the gravel and was solely categorised 33rd as Chastain grabbed his and the team’s first career win two turns later.
However Bowman mentioned he would have performed the identical as Chastain had he been put in the identical footwear.
“He’s a buddy,” Bowman mentioned of Chastain. “He’s a ache within the ass to race with however I inform him that on a regular basis. Simply pleased for him.
“I’m on the improper facet of it, however simply I do know what he’s feeling proper now and I’m pumped for him and all of the work he’s put in for this.
“I might have performed the identical factor if I had been Ross.”
Ross Chastain, TrackHouse Racing, ONX Houses / iFly Chevrolet Camaro
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Requested for his ideas on the incident, which denied him a 3rd highway course win after Watkins Glen 2014 and Indianapolis final yr, Allmendinger mentioned: “On the finish of the day, all of us should look ourselves within the mirror. In case you are okay with it, you’re okay with it, every individual is totally different.
“You already know these strikes are going to be made at occasions. Whether or not I’m OK with it or not doesn’t matter.
“Everyone’s received to look within the mirror and be comfy with what they do, and you may’t choose anybody for that. Everyone’s received to be comfy with the transfer they make.
“On the finish of the day we all know we had a shot to win the race. It’s robust to win a Cup race, so once you put your self able to legitimately run up entrance all day and have a shot to win it, it is a fairly nice day.
“Sadly, simply we would have liked about two extra corners.”