Hendrick Motorsports NASCAR Cup driver Alex Bowman says he’s attempting to quietly transfer on from the Charlotte spat during which rival Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace Jr threw liquid on him.
Bowman, who needed to begin from the rear of the sector final Sunday on the Charlotte Roval in a back-up automobile, rallied to complete second within the race.
However he had clashed with Richard Petty Motorsports’ Wallace twice within the race, sending the RPM Ford spinning within the second incident and saying it had adopted Wallace making obscene gestures at him for a number of laps.
Wallace then went on the lookout for Bowman within the pitlane afterwards.
By the point Wallace arrived, Bowman was sitting down subsequent to his #88 Chevrolet receiving therapy from medical personnel for dehydration.
Wallace briefly spoke to Bowman then splashed liquid from a ingesting bottle over Bowman, the medical attendant and long-time Hendrick racer turned pundit Jeff Gordon, who had arrived to verify on Bowman.
Requested the place he stood with Wallace coming into this weekend’s race at Dover, Bowman stated, “I am simply targeted on operating properly this weekend.
“I am targeted on my racecar, attempting to present the very best suggestions I can all through apply, and being sturdy on Sunday.
“I really feel like he stated what he needed to say after the race.
“I’ve simply been type of transferring ahead since then. I do not suppose we have to discuss earlier than Sunday. I feel it’s what it’s.”
Bowman stated he didn’t benefit from the consideration the incident with Wallace obtained over the previous week.
“I do not actually like consideration, good or unhealthy,” he admitted.
“I simply type of love to do my very own factor and fly below the radar.
“That is virtually like ‘why do folks wish to discuss to me?’, however I am simply targeted on transferring ahead.
“I really feel like that comes with doing my job.”
NASCAR indicated after the Charlotte race that it supposed to talk to Wallace about his conduct.
Mixed with a late-race penalty by Ryan Newman for lacking the backstretch chicane, Bowman simply averted being one of many 4 drivers eradicated from additional title competition together with his Roval outcome.
“You simply cannot hand over in conditions like that,” he added.
“Clearly, I used to be actually sick all weekend and I made life laborious on myself all weekend with my share of the errors.
“I feel a number of it has to do with the racecar these guys gave me and I am actually lucky to have that.”
Hendrick made a robust begin to the Dover weekend on Friday, with Bowman fifth within the opening apply session and his team-mates William Byron and Jimmie Johnson second and third behind pacesetter Joey Logano’s Penske Ford.
Although that Hendrick trio slipped simply outdoors the highest 10 in apply two, the staff’s fourth driver Chase Elliott was fifth in that session – which was topped by Ganassi’s Kyle Larson.
Wallace was 28th and 18th within the two Friday periods.
Qualifying for Sunday afternoon’s race takes place in a while Saturday.
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