07/16 2012

Tucson’s Alex Bowman wins at Iowa…Chad Boat joins podium in 1st ARCA Start

Tucson’s Alex Bowman wins at Iowa…Chad Boat joins podium in 1st ARCA Start

NEWTON, Iowa – Alex Bowman survived a pair of late-race caution flags to win the ARCA Racing Series Prairie Meadows 200 at Iowa Speedway Friday evening.

Bowman took the lead from Frank Kimmel on lap 152 and drove away from the pack, but several late caution flags allowed Grant Enfinger to close the gap. Bowman didn’t flinch, holding off Enfinger during a green-white-checkered restart to secure his third race of the season and fifth of his career.

“Awesome race car. We weren’t very good at the beginning, but we sure where at the end,” Bowman said.

Brennan Poole started from the pole and led the first 74 laps unchallenged until blowing a tire in turn two on lap 75, sending his No. 25 Chevrolet into the outside wall to bring out the first caution flag of the night.

With Poole out of the race, Bowman quickly became the dominant force at the seven-eighths-mile asphalt oval. Bowman looked to have the race in hand after taking the lead from Kimmel on lap 152, but the first of two late-race cautions on lap 186 made things interesting.

Bowman pulled away from second-place Enfinger and the rest of the field on the restart with eight laps left, but a shoving match between Erik Jones and Spencer Gallagher with four laps left ended with Jones spinning in turn two. That spin brought out the seventh and final caution flag of the night to set up a green-white-checkered restart.

Enfinger tried to stay close on the restart, but Bowman simply pulled away. He went unchallenged during the final laps en route to victory.

“We were decent in practice, but it really doesn’t matter with this race car,” Bowman said. “This is chassis number 81. We’ve run it three times this year and we’ve won all three races with it. If we could take this thing to Daytona we would.”

Enfinger settled for second, the fourth time he has finished second in his ARCA Racing Series career.

“Man, we came up a little short again,” Enfinger said. “That was everything we had. We had a really good race car on the long run, but those guys were a little bit better than us on the short run.”

Chad Boat, making his ARCA Racing Series debut, finished third. Clay Rogers made a late-race charge to finish fourth ahead of Kimmel in fifth.