Alex Bowman finishes runner-up for third straight race, leads Hendrick onslaught

Jerry Bonkowski
NBC Sports

So close – yet again.

Alex Bowman finished runner-up for the third consecutive Cup race in Saturday night’s Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway.

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In doing so, Bowman — who also finished second at Talladega and Dover — becomes the first driver in NASCAR history to finish second in three straight races before earning a first career Cup win.

I’m not very proud of myself on lane choice there at the end,” Bowman, who led 63 laps, told Fox Sports 1. “I just made some bad decisions and never really should have given the 2 car (race winner Brad Keselowski) a chance at it. But just made some bad calls late through lapped traffic, got tied off, had to lift and the 2 was able to drive around us.”

But Bowman said there is some consolation in finishing second yet again.

I’m really proud of everybody at Hendrick Motorsports,” he told FS1. “Our race cars are so much better than what we started the season with. … I wish we were standing here with three wins in a row but we’ll keep digging next week to try and get in the All-Star (Race), win the All-Star and then go try to win the (Coca-Cola) 600.”

Statistically, Bowman now has a finishing average of 2.0 over the last three races.

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