By: Ashley McCubbin
Despite being on the verge of elimination for the NASCAR Playoffs, there’s a layer of confidence for Alex Bowman entering Saturday’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
“I definitely always have confidence going to Bristol,” he told NEWS FROM THE PITS. “I really have confidence going anywhere, especially this year with Hendrick Motorsports. We’ve been fast everywhere. I’m confident but, definitely not comfortable, by any means in the point situation we’re in. So, we’ve just got to go have a good day. We have all the parts and pieces and tools we need to make that happen. We’ve just got to go do it.”
The confidence may seem odd to some, considering he has failed to place inside the top-10 in his last four races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
However, there’s been a shift in performance for the driver of the No. 48 Ally Racing Chevrolet on short tracks this season, as evident by a victory at Richmond Raceway. He also led laps at Martinsville Speedway before a crash took him out of contention.
He was fast at Richmond last weekend, but mistakes led him to a 12th-place finish. Combined with 26th the week before at Darlington Raceway, he finds himself a single point behind Kurt Busch for the final spot in the Round of 12.
“I think, in the situation we’re in, there are so many moving parts and pieces, and guys really close to us, that if you try to keep track of all that, you’re just going to dial yourself out and be worried about things you don’t need to be worried about,” he commented. “We just have to go execute and have the best day we can. There are a lot of guys that are really good at Bristol. I know we’re going to have to have a really good night and score a lot of points and not beat ourselves, which has been a struggle for us at Bristol, particularly. But I’m looking forward to it.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge. It’s a really fun race track. We’re always really fast there. We don’t have the results to show that in the last year or so, but we’ve always had speed. Last year we were really good in the Stages and had a tire come apart. So, we’ve just got to go execute and be the best we can be.”