Is Alex Bowman in Danger of Elimination After the First Round of the Playoffs?

Published 09/08/2021, 1:12 AM EDT
Apr 18, 2021; Richmond, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Alex Bowman (48) crosses the finish line to win the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports


The first race of the Cup Series playoffs has officially concluded and one place is booked already. However, there have been a fair number of questions surrounding one of the remaining contenders. Out of the Hendrick quartet, Alex Bowman seems to be in the most vulnerable position.

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Recently, Kyle Petty and Fox Sports’ Bob Pockrass spoke about the #48 driver and his chances of making it to the next round. Pockrass said, “Alex, yes he won at Richmond earlier this year. I just think that that team has kind of hit a funk. Until they start rattling off some finishes and leading some laps, I’m not all that confident in him.”

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Admittedly, it was a bad day in the office for three-quarters of the Hendrick Motorsports team. Aside from Larson, none of the other drivers finished in the Top 20. The highest-placed driver was Bowman, all the way down in 26th place. Behind him was Chase Elliott in 31st, and William Byron in 34th place.

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Can Alex Bowman recover and get his season in order?

Early in the race, he and teammate William Byron collided but were able to fight their way back up the pack. It wasn’t that they had bad cars last weekend, as they ran sixth and seventh at one point in the race. Unfortunately, Bowman, in particular, has struggled, and Pockrass believes that he will be eliminated first.

May 30, 2021; Concord, North Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Alex Bowman (48) during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Now, the onus is on Alex Bowman to try and stay alive in the competition for as long as possible. At the moment, he is right in the relegation zone with two races left until the first round concludes. Bowman is currently in 13th place in the standings, ahead of Kyle Busch, Byron, and Michael McDowell. Busch is another driver who endured a bad day in the office at Darlington. So, he will be seeking redemption.

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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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