Alex Bowman Expresses Excitement and Shows His Livery for 2021 Chili Bowl Nationals Dirt Race

Published 12/31/2020, 1:56 AM EST
FONTANA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 29: Alex Bowman, driver of the #88 Cincinnati Chevrolet, walks on the grid before qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on February 29, 2020 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)


Alex Bowman has been competing in the Chili Bowl Nationals since 2019, but has never gone to Victory Lane. However, he plans to change that when the 2021 edition of the race rolls by. In light of that, he recently unveiled the car that he will pilot for the dirt race.

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Of course, Bowman is aware that a trip to Victory Lane will not be easy. He will have to contend with a variety of seasoned dirt track racers, as well as NASCAR contemporaries. To be precise, he has to watch out for the likes of Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Christopher Bell, Justin AllgaierChase Briscoe, Kasey Kahne, and many more.

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Admittedly, Larson and Bell will be the favorites, having won the previous editions. However, Bowman knows that nothing is set in stone until the checkered flag drops. On the other end of the scale, Larson has had plenty of practice on dirt tracks in the 2020 season.

Can Alex Bowman get the monkey off his back?

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In theory, Bowman is definitely capable of winning the race. However, putting it into practice could be a completely different story. All of his rivals are seasoned racers, especially on the dirt surface, so his work is cut out for him.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 11: Alex Bowman, driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, walks to his car during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 11, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

On the bright side, the Chili Bowl Nationals race will be an excellent bit of practice. Especially since the NASCAR drivers will race on the Bristol dirt surface in 2021; owing to this, the NASCAR drivers will likely use the Chili Bowl race to get used to the surface.

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Even if Alex Bowman fails to win the race in Tulsa, it will not be any skin off his nose. This is because he knows that the 2021 Cup Series season is the real target. In light of this, he and the other drivers will prepare as much as possible for the coming season from February onwards.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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