Alex Bowman owns up to 10-car wreck that hurt his Playoff chances

TALLADEGA, ALABAMA - OCTOBER 14: Alex Bowman, driver of the #88 Nationwide/Amazon Echo Auto Chevrolet, Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 McDonald's Chevrolet, and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, wreck during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 14, 2019 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

A small misjudgment may have cost Alex Bowman a chance to advance to the Round of 8 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

Bowman was out front in Monday’s rain-delayed 500 at Talladega Superspeedway when he tried to block a strong run by Joey Logano and Clint Bowyer, who were advancing at a much higher rate of speed.

Slight contact from Logano’s Ford sent Bowman’s No. 88 Chevrolet spinning toward the apron and triggered a 10-car wreck that crippled Bowman’s car and damaged the machines of six other Playoff drivers in the process.

After retiring from the race in 37th place, Bowman heads for next Sunday’s race at Kansas 12th in the series standings and likely needing a victory to advance to the next round.

“I knew the No. 22 (Logano) was coming, and I just tried to move down just a little bit. As soon as he touched me, it just turned it sideways. They just had a bigger run than I realized. I should have let them go and shouldn’t have thrown a block. I apologize to all the cars that got torn up. That’s on me. Talladega happens. I hate it for all of our sponsors.”

“The spoilers are so big now, that even though they are clear, the cars shake so much you really can’t see. At least I couldn’t. My mirrors are super shaky, and trying to look through a thing of lexan is tough. Just didn’t do a very good job of judging it, and that’s on me.”

Greg Engle