NASCAR: Alex Bowman Wins Xfinity 500 in Penultimate Playoff Race

by Jonathan Howard
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For four drivers, today’s race in Martinsville was a terrifying Halloween nightmare. For Alex Bowman, it’s all treats without the tricks today. The No.48 car was able to hold off the challengers and take the win.

As Denny Hamlin and Alex Bowman started racing HARD to end the race. However, Bowman spun Hamlin out with just 8 laps to go, extra laps and a caution flag were handed out. When the race resumed, it was an all-out sprint for the win. Hamlin didn’t take too kindly to Bowman’s racing tactics and almost made it an issue after the race.

This race was always going to be intense and feature a lot of contact between cars. Drivers were bumping and bouncing all afternoon and into the evening. With a number of cautions on the day, some drivers took more lumps than others. Ryan Blaney was hit on multiple occasions through all stages. However, NASCAR is no place for crying.

One driver was able to secure their spot in the Championship 4 by getting his points. The first and second stage was won by Chase Elliott. He had a big points advantage over fourth through eighth place coming into the race but secured it to make sure. His racing didn’t stop after those first two stages either, he wanted to win the whole thing, all three stages.

Alex Bowman Wins Messy Xfinity 500 at Martinsville

This race really was not for the faint of heart. Martinsville contains a lot of turns and drivers have to be careful on the narrow course. Alex Bowman survived, but others did not. There isn’t a lot of room to run a groove way up top just to come down and make a move on this track. So, drivers spent a lot of time on the sides of each other and no one paid more for it than Ryan Blaney.

Austin Dillon was also all over the track. He was involved in more than one instance. Caution flags were running amuck and drivers fought hard the entire race. When it came down to it, this race got messy multiple times. That led to lead changes, pit stops, and more. Some drivers were so eager during this race, they decided to speed on pit road, and were then penalized. Others spun out their opponents.

With 500+ laps of intense and grueling racing, these drivers put it all out there. Alex Bowman got the win, albeit in strange fashion, and Hamlin sure wasn’t happy about it. But, he claims the win in Martinsville. However, only four remain with Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, and Martin Truex Jr. Next week in Phoenix, a champion will be crowned.

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