Driver who won Stage One: William Byron (No. 24, Hendrick Motorsports)
Driver who won Stage Two: Bubba Wallace (No. 43, Richard Petty Motorsports)
Driver who won Stage Three: Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing)
Fan Vote Went To: Alex Bowman (No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports)
It’s All-Star weekend, one of the best weekends in NASCAR. Drivers had to compete to win a million dollars tonight. But before we could race for a million dollars, the rest of the field (twenty-four cars) needed to compete in the NASCAR Open and the fan-favorite needed to be voted in. To advance drivers needed to win a stage. The first two stages were twenty laps, and the final was ten laps. Every stage had to finish under green- there could be unlimited attempts at a green-white-checkered finish to each stage. (This was shown in practice in stage one, and stage two)
Drivers who were already in the All-Star: Aric Almirola, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Ryan Truex, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman, Erik Jones and Clint Bowyer.
Stage One Highlights: Halfway No. 21 Paul Menard had a lot of smoke in the cockpit. Five to go No. 53 BJ McLeod's engine blew up. Same caution No. 37 Chris Buescher had a broken track bar. Stage finished in overtime due to fluid on the track. No. 46 Joey Gase out after fuel Pressure issue. Daniel Hemric lead the most laps. Fight to the finish with No. 24 William Byron won the stage.
Stage Two Highlights: Four wide early in the stage. Lots of aggressive bump drafting. Daniel Hemric No. 8 into the wall with No. 47 Ryan Preece after contact. After they hit the wall Preece spun him. Stage two went into overtime. No. Bubba Wallace won stage after heavy contact with No. 41 Daniel Suarez (Sends 41 around).
Stage Three Highlights: No. 42 Kyle Larson won stage three.
Will we see a repeat winner take the million? Or will a new driver emerge as this year’s All-Star?
(Alex) Bowman the Showman finished Monday’s rain delayed race in 2nd place. This is his second time in 2019 finishing in the runner up position, this time behind Martin Truex Jr.. The first time was last weekend in Talladega.
Following the Gander RV 400 at Dover the pilot of the No. 88 Nationwide Chevy posted this video on Twitter:
Prior to the previous two weekends, Bowman’s highest finish in the Cup series this season was 11th. Which the Tuscan, Arizona native finished in twice, the Daytona 500 and in Las Vegas.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. took to twitter following the race as well:
The No. 88 team has been on a roll the past couple of weeks. Where will Bowman finish in Kansas? Is there a win on the horizon for the No. 88 team? Tune in to FS1 at 2pm Sunday, May 11th to find out!
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