“Help Me, Tom Cruise” – Alex Bowman Jokes After Leading Hendricks Motorsports to a Historic Finish

Published 05/18/2021, 6:21 AM EDT
Apr 18, 2021; Richmond, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Alex Bowman (48) celebrates after winning the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports


Alex Bowman recently stormed to Victory Lane at the Dover International Speedway. In the process, he became the second driver to take more than one win this season, after Martin Truex Jr. However, it appears that he put his car through the wringer and it did not emerge fully unscathed.

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During his post-race interview, he noticed that his car had a few small fires under it. He joked, “We’re under a lot of fire over here. I don’t know, somebody’s got to come put that out. I might want to keep it.

“So appreciative to have you guys [the fans] out here. Best racetrack on the schedule, in my opinion, wish we still came here twice.

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“Help me, Tom Cruise, I’m on fire!. That’s a big fire, I’m kind of worried.”

At Dover, the Hendrick Motorsports quartet ran riot. Behind Bowman were Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, and William Byron. Having catapulted to second in the championship, Byron became the biggest gainer out of the four.

What does this mean for Alex Bowman in the championship?

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Admittedly, Bowman only moved up to 13th place in the Cup Series championship. However, it is worth mentioning that it is still a long season and anything can happen. Even then, this gives him a massive confidence boost for his championship hopes.

Furthermore, teammate William Byron sits one point ahead of Martin Truex Jr, but 101 behind Denny Hamlin.

Apr 18, 2021; Richmond, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Alex Bowman (48) celebrates after winning the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

Hamlin is only hanging onto his championship lead by the skin of his team; all this is in spite of him still not winning a race this season. Obviously, this would not sit well with the Joe Gibbs Racing driver, on principle. So, he will be looking forward to the coming races to finally break his jinx. Meanwhile, everyone will be eagerly waiting for the first-ever NASCAR Cup race at the Circuit of the Americas.

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Dhruv George

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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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