Alex Bowman had finished in every position from 2-43 in his Cup Series career. The 26-year-old can now officially add a first-place finish to his resume after winning Sunday’s Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.
Bowman had to battle Kyle Larson in the final laps, in a finish reminiscient of Larson’s 2018 runner-up disappointmet on this track. Larson passed Bowman with eight laps remaining, before Bowman’s No. 88 pulled back into the lead two laps later. Points leader Joey Logano placed third, followed by Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski.
Kevin Harvick dominated the majority of the race and led a race-high 132 laps while also claiming Stage 2. The No. 4 got loose, however, late in the final stage, sending the driver into the wall, leading to a 14th-place finish. Harvick has yet to win a race this season.
Denny Hamlin won a chaotic Stage 1 under caution that featured at least six cars with rear flat tire issues. Kyle Busch hit the wall early in the stage, causing damage that would ultimately plague his car all race long as he finished outside the top 10 (22nd) for just the second time this season.
The race was delayed for over three hours following a thunderstorm that rolled in after just 11 laps were completed. The Monster Energy Cup Series returns next Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero Sugar 400.