In a race dominated by Joe Gibbs Racing, Hendrick Motorsports driver Bowman pounced on a late restart to cost previous Joey Logano and chief Denny Hamlin to imagine management of the race within the dying phases.
He had little bother from that time hanging on for the win, ending zero.381 seconds forward of Hamlin to safe his first win driving the #48 automotive – which he took over after seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson moved to IndyCar.
Bowman had been penalised firstly of the third stage for an uncontrolled tyre throughout the pitlane, however quickly recovered and cycled as much as fourth on the highway earlier than Kevin Harvick hit the wall at Flip 1 which introduced out the ultimate warning interval of the race.
Overcoming Christopher Bell within the pits, Bowman then took the chance on the restart to clear Logano and long-time chief Hamlin – who led 207 laps within the 400-lap race – to safe the third NASCAR Cup victory of his profession, and his first for the reason that 1 March race at Fontana final yr.
Hamlin was left to be content material with the runner-up spot, having swept to the 2 stage victories earlier within the race and having been heading in the right direction to finish a clean-sweep earlier than Bowman’s late assault.
Within the first stage, Hamlin pounced out of the blocks within the pitlane throughout the first competitors warning, which ended poleman Martin Truex Jr’s stranglehold on the race throughout the opening laps.
Hamlin needed to take care of Truex as soon as extra firstly of the second stage, with the 2017 NASCAR Cup champion making a play for the lead 13 laps after the restart.
However after a skirmish between Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson and Austin Cindric which left Newman within the wall, one other warning interval prompted a spherical of pitstops, which Harvick took benefit of to briefly lead – however the Stewart-Haas Racing driver was quickly handed by Truex and Hamlin.
With the leaders choosing a spherical of stops beneath the inexperienced flag, Penske’s Brad Keselowski stayed out to try to make it to the top of the second stage – however Hamlin and Truex quickly dispatched him on recent tyres, as did Logano.
In the beginning of the ultimate stage, Logano then moved previous Truex to seize second, and set about placing Hamlin beneath stress. The Penske driver made a transfer with 65 laps remaining, retaining management of the race after the lead pack all made their last green-flag pitstops.
However after Harvick’s incident, Hamlin moved previous Logano’s Ford Mustang for the lead as soon as once more within the pits – earlier than the 2 shed positions to the charging Bowman.
Bell accomplished the race fourth forward of early chief Truex, making certain three JGR Toyotas made it into the highest 5.
Aric Almirola ended the day because the highest-placed Stewart-Haas driver in sixth, forward of Hendrick’s William Byron.
Kyle Busch managed to rescue eighth after being pinged for a pit dedication line violation, forcing him to serve a drive-through penalty which took him off the lead lap – however Busch was allowed to make a free cross to unlap himself forward of the ultimate restart.
Matt DiBenedetto and Austin Dillon accomplished the highest 10, forward of Ryan Blaney who had run throughout the high 5 throughout the opening stage. Reigning Cup champion Chase Elliott needed to be content material with 12th.
Hamlin stays on high of the factors standings, however stays winless thus far in 2021 regardless of having prolonged his lead over Truex.
NASCAR Cup Richmond outcomes – 400 laps