TALLADEGA, Ala. â A small misjudgment may have cost Alex Bowman a chance to advance to the Round of 8 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
Bowman was out front in Mondayâs rain-delayed 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway when he tried to block a strong run by Joey Logano and Clint Bowyer, who were advancing at a much higher rate of speed.
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Slight contact from Loganoâs Ford sent Bowmanâs No. 88 Chevrolet spinning toward the apron and triggered a 10-car wreck that crippled Bowmanâs car and damaged the machines of six other playoff drivers in the process.
After retiring from the race in 37th place, Bowman heads for next Sundayâs race at Kansas 12th in the series standings and likely needing a victory to advance to the next round.
âI knew the No. 22 (Logano) was coming, and I just tried to move down just a little bit,â Bowman said. âAs soon as he touched me, it just turned it sideways. They just had a bigger run than I realized. I should have let them go and shouldnât have thrown a block. I apologize to all the cars that got torn up. Thatâs on me. Talladega happens. I hate it for all of our sponsors.
âThe spoilers are so big now, that even though they are clear, the cars shake so much you really canât see. At least I couldnât. My mirrors are super shaky, and trying to look through a thing of lexan is tough.Â Just didnât do a very good job of judging it, and thatâs on me.â