Alex Bowman wins 2024 Chicago NASCAR street race – NBC Chicago

Alex Bowman wins 2024 Chicago NASCAR street race – NBC Chicago

Alex Bowman wins 2024 Chicago NASCAR street race – NBC Chicago

The winner of the 2024 NASCAR Chicago Street Race crossed the finish line, with Alex Bowman taking victory in another wet, crash-filled race.

Rain delays forced the race to end early, as NASCAR rules dictated the race had to conclude at 8:20 p.m. Central Time. The time limit meant the race still fell short of the planned 75 laps.

Bowman was in the lead by the time 8:20 p.m. Central Standard Time struck. At that point, the white flag was waved, followed by the coveted checkered flag.

Bowman, who snapped an 80-race win drought and scored his first street race victory, notably won the final NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.

“We’ve got a trophy to take home and I know it means a lot to this team,” Bowman said. “They put me in position to win the race. And, man, I broke my back, I had a brain injury and ever since then, we’ve been pretty bad. And you start to doubt if you’ll ever get a chance to win a race again and, last time, we won.”

After an 80-race drought, Alex Bowman won the 2024 NASCAR Chicago street race. After the race, Bowman reacted to the win and talked about the embarrassing moment that led to a crash during the race.

The race was eventful, with some of the favourites to win, including returning champion Shane van Gisbergen and Kyle Larson, sidelined due to crashes.

The riders had to navigate wet conditions at the start, and the rainy weather posed an interesting challenge for the drivers and crews as they were forced to decide which tyres to use for the race. At the start, the rain started only on some parts of the course, while other parts remained dry, but as the race progressed, the wet weather worsened.

One driver described the conditions as “soapy” while puddles were seen along the route.

Numerous accidents were reported and a red flag was waved during lap 26 as crews worked to clear puddles from the circuit. But just after 7 p.m., cars began moving around the track once again, this time in countdown mode.

Van Gisbergen, Larson, Christopher Bell and Ty Gibbs held the lead for much of the race, but crashes and pit stops paved the way for a new group of riders to take the lead.

With a few minutes to go, Alex Bowman, Joey Hand and Brad Keslowski were leading. But in the final laps, Bowman and Tyler Reddick were racing to the finish line.

Bowman began his post-win interview not with a celebration, but with an apology for his role in a play that angered fellow running back Bubba Wallace.

“But first of all, as we talked about before, I have to apologize again to all 23 guys. I made a mistake trying to get the wipers on, missed a corner and ruined their day. I’m sorry. I’m still embarrassed about that,” Bowman said.

Wallace, in turn, closed the doors of Bowman’s car during a victory lap.

Bowman still plans to enjoy the victory celebrations.

“We’re going to drink a lot of bourbon tonight,” he said.