In spite of not having a win so far in 2023, Bowman has actually been the series’ most constant entertainer in his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with a 7.1 typical surface.
Considering that March 15, Bowman has actually gone from leading the series standings to 27th back to leading and this now in seventh– and all due to NASCAR charges.
On March 15, all 4 Hendrick Cup groups were struck with huge charges, consisting of the loss of 100 owner/driver points and 10 playoff points, for the unapproved adjustment of a single-sourced part (hood louvers).
Last week, an appeals panel rescinded the points charges, putting Bowman back in the series lead.
On Thursday, Bowman and William Byron’s groups were punished once again, this time for unapproved adjustments to their automobiles’ greenhouses, and both motorists were docked 60 owner/driver points and 5 playoff points.
Hendrick has not yet chose whether to appeal this charge, so here Bowman sits going into Sunday night’s dirt race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway as soon as again discovering himself fighting for points he didn’t lose on the track.
“I simply drive the important things. We have the very best typical surface of the year. Certainly, I’m not the points leader any longer,” Bowman stated Saturday. “All I can do is keep carrying out how I’ve done and attempt to do much better each and every week.
“Obviously, we wish to be leading the points however at the exact same time, we’re still seventh or 8th in points. We simply got to keep plugging along. We’ve had a great start to the year. We’ve simply got to keep carrying out.”
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While his colleagues Byron and Kyle Larson have actually made wins currently this season, Bowman has actually been the design of consistency.
He has no surface even worse than 14th this season and has actually ended up in the top-10 in 6 of the 7 races. He has actually run well on brief tracks, intermediates, a roadway course and a superspeedway.
Asked about his frame of mind having to deal with 2 major charges evaluated to he and his group over the last month, Bowman stated, “It’s sub-optimal? It actually does not have anything to do with me. It’s my task to drive the race automobile and carry out at the greatest level that I can behind the wheel of the race automobile.
“Just running in addition to we have makes me feel respectable about things. It’s the very best start to a season that I’ve had in my profession. I’ve been taking pleasure in that. I’m not disappointed. I seem like my group, we did a truly excellent task getting rid of the very first (charge) and remaining plugged in and not letting it get to us.
“Hopefully, we can do that throughout this 2nd one also.”
Sports Positives exceed the negatives
Bowman, 29, stated so far, he hasn’t gotten too interested in impacts of the NASCAR charges however that might alter.
While Hendrick has till Tuesday to choose whether to appeal its latest charge, Bowman talked Saturday like somebody who felt he would need to comprise 60 points.
“If it boils down to like we would have won the routine season champion if it wasn’t for that charge, that will be quite discouraging,” he stated.
“Currently, all the positives (this season) surpass the negatives. If we were having a hard time on top of all this taking place, it would most likely be a various story, for me a minimum of.”
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