Hendrick Motorsports hasn’t had the most success this season. In fact, entering this weekend, they’ve had just two top 10 finishes over the last eight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events. Furthermore, they’ve led only a combined 15 laps over the last two months. So, it wouldn’t be out of the realm to pick against them for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at the Michigan International Speedway.
Michigan, is a track that rewards drivers who’ve been at their peak all season. The fast yet wide track produces winners who’ve had the most speed.
That’s why all four Hendrick drivers are happy and feel good about their chances on Sunday.
Yes, HMS has been down this season, but this weekend NASCAR is running with a possible 2017 rules package. This package is different than what we’ve run away from Michigan in 2016 and in it, HMS is surging.
For that reason, a sleeper to win on Sunday’s race has emerged in Alex Bowman. The 23-year old is filling in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. this weekend as this is his second chance in the No. 88 Chevrolet.
Bowman, should have had a top 10 in his lone start for HMS at New Hampshire last month, but a mistake forced him to a 26th place finish.
Now, he’s getting another shot.
Jeff Gordon couldn’t race this weekend which gave Bowman the opportunity, and so far, he’s thriving in it.
Bowman, qualified his car sixth for Sunday’s race, and in the three practice sessions, he was strong.
He was 14th in practice on Friday morning then followed that up with being eighth and 10th respectively in the final two sessions on Saturday.
With the speed and a good car, as well as nothing else to lose, don’t count out Bowman to give this team an added boost and win tomorrow at Michigan.