Seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson gained 11 occasions at Dover Worldwide Speedway within the #48 automotive, and having handed the automotive over to Bowman when he stepped away from NASCAR racing on the finish of the 2020 season Bowman placed on a becoming tribute.
Bowman, who grabbed management of the race throughout a spherical of pitstops on lap 304 of 400, by no means relinquished it thereafter in a managed efficiency capped by holding off team-mate Kyle Larson by 2.017 seconds on the chequered flag to take victory.
The win is Bowman’s second of the season and fourth of his profession, whereas it additionally marks the primary season in his Cup profession to provide a number of wins.
With Larson having to accept the runner-up spot for a second consecutive race having finished behind Martin Truex Jr at Darlington, he may nonetheless take pleasure in serving to Hendrick Motorsports full a 1-2-Three-Four end.
Hendricks Motorsports team-mates Chase Elliott and William Byron completed third and fourth respectively, to mark the primary time the crew had locked out the highest 4 spots in its existence. Such was the dominance of the Hendrick Motorsports squad, the quartet led 382 of the 400 laps at Dover.
Bowman’s win additionally marked his crew’s 267th victory within the NASCAR Cup, and now trails Petty Enterprises by only one win for probably the most crew triumphs in NASCAR historical past.
Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Ally
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Group Penske’s Joey Logano acted as the closest challenger to the Hendrick Motorsports high 4, coming a distant fifth however forward of Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick.
Denny Hamlin, the one driver to complete inside the highest 15 and to have led laps within the race exterior of the Hendrick Motorsports high 4, claimed seventh place for Joe Gibbs Racing as Tyler Reddick (Richard Childress), Daniel Suarez (Trackhouse Racing) and Cole Custer (Stewart-Haas Racing) rounded out the highest 10.
Aric Almirola’s race ended prematurely when he appeared to undergo a front-right tyre deflation and hit the Flip Three wall which sparked a fireplace across the wheel because the Stewart-Haas Racing driver got here to a halt.
The 37-year-old was in a position to stroll to an ambulance earlier than being taken to the medical centre the place he was later evaluated and launched.
Final week’s winner at Darlington Truex Jr, who began on pole and led the primary 15 laps till William Byron powered round him to seize the lead, wanted an prolonged pitstop throughout Stage 2 as his Joe Gibbs Racing crew underwent engine investigations. The 40-year-old returned to the motion however dropped a lap down to complete in 19th place.