WATCH: Alex Bowman has Front Row Seats to Daniel Suarez and Michael McDowell’s Crash

Published 06/10/2021, 1:39 PM EDT
Jun 6, 2021; Sonoma, California, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Daniel Suarez (99) during the Toyota-Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports


During the NASCAR Cup Series race at the Sonoma Raceway, there was an incident. Sometime during the race, Michael McDowell forced Daniel Suarez off the track. As a result, the Mexican driver plummeted down the order. Of course, the Daytona 500 winner also got a little unsettled and was at the mercy of Denny Hamlin and Alex Bowman.

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Hamlin made short work of the Front Row Motorsports drivers. Then, Bowman also managed to barge past the #34 car, forcing him onto the grass. Soon, the driver came under attack from Ryan Blaney and a recovering Daniel Suarez. The Mexican driver managed to exact revenge when he spun McDowell out.

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In the end, Suarez went on to finish 12th, while McDowell was not so lucky. Because of the spin, he threw away a potential top-10 result and wound up all the way down in 28th.

Alex Bowman had a great view of the latest Suarez-McDowell tussle

It is worth mentioning that Suarez and McDowell have some bad blood between them. Their latest spat took place back in 2019 during the qualifying session at the Phoenix Raceway in March. At Sonoma, McDowell declared that “bumper cars didn’t work out there on the last lap.”

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At Phoenix in 2019, Suarez could not get a pass from the #34 Ford of McDowell. The then Stewart-Haas Racing driver believed that McDowell did it deliberately and prevented him from completing his lap at speed. Naturally, the block affected his starting spot (28th) in the race.

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

Coming back to Alex Bowman, he ended up in 9th at Sonoma. Although he was the last of the Hendrick cars, he managed to survive the race, something that William Byron could not. Meanwhile, teammate Kyle Larson took a second consecutive win, with Chase Elliott in 2nd place on the track.

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