NASCAR Chicagoland Cup race results: Alex Bowman scores breakthrough first win

Alex Bowman led 88 laps in route to his first career Cup victory.

It didn’t rain on Alex Bowman’s parade Sunday. The 26-year-old Phoenix native scored his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series win in his 134th start retaking the lead with five laps to go from veteran Kyle Larson and holding off Larson for the win in the Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.  

Bowman, and the rest of the field, had to endure a rain delay of just over 3 hours after 12 laps had been run.  He would take the lead for the first time on lap 179 just after a restart.  In the final laps, Larson, much like he did last year, began to reel in Bowman who was enjoying the biggest lead of the race at the time of nearly 3 seconds. Larson caught Bowman and took the lead with 8 laps to go. Bowman regrouped however and retook the lead from Larson with 5 laps to go.

The Hendrick Motorsports driver was able to hold off Larson and win by .546 seconds.

Behind Larson Joey Logano was third. Jimmie Johnson who led early came home fourth, with Brad Keselowski fifth.

Ryan Blaney was sixth, Erik Jones seventh with William Byron, Martin Truex Jr. and pole sitter Austin Dillon rounded out the top 10.  Denny Hamlin won the first stage but pit penalties sent him back in the field and he finished 15th; Kevin Harvick who led a race high 132 laps and won Stage 2 had tire issues late and had to settle for 14th.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series heads back to Daytona for Saturday nights Coke Zero 400.  Live coverage will be on NBC starting at 7:00 p.m. ET.

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