Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. have been battling back-and-forth for the win when a warning for a wreck with two laps remaining despatched the race into additional time, opening up the possibility for Bowman to strike.
All of the lead-lap automobiles pitted however three Hendrick Motorsports drivers – Kyle Larson, Bowman and William Byron – solely took two tyres and lined up within the high three spots on the restart, whereas Kyle Busch, restarted fourth because the frontrunner with 4 new tyres.
Bowman and Larson raced side-by-side on the primary lap additional time, primarily holding up the sphere behind them, earlier than Bowman lastly cleared Larson for the lead on the final lap and held on for the win by zero.178 seconds.
The win is the primary for Bowman within the 2022 season and second consecutive for Hendrick Motorsports after Larson’s triumph final weekend at Fontana, whereas it marks Bowman’s seventh profession win within the Cup.
“This factor was so quick all day. By no means had the observe place we wanted to indicate it,” Bowman mentioned. “Man, what a name by Greg Ives [crew chief] and the fellows to take two [tyres] there [on the last stop]. Clearly, it paid off.
“Racing Kyle is all the time enjoyable. Received to race him for a pair wins. We’ve all the time raced one another tremendous clear and tremendous respectfully.
“I simply can’t say sufficient about these guys. It’s been a reasonably terrible begin to the yr, so to come back out right here and get a win on a final restart deal is fairly particular.”
Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro
Picture by: John Harrelson / NKP / Motorsport Images
Ross Chastain produced his personal late assault to seize third place forward of Kyle Busch, as Byron was shuffled again to fifth in additional time.
Tyler Reddick secured seventh place for Richard Childress Racing forward of a upset Truex who misplaced out in additional time, as 2020 NASCAR Cup champion Chase Elliott and Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell full the highest 10.
The 2022 NASCAR Cup season continues subsequent weekend with the fourth spherical at Phoenix Raceway on 13 March.
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