Wind, Rain and More
The Windy City brought a little more than wind upon Sunday’s race at Chicagoland Speedway. The Camping Word 400 was interrupted by a storm delay of over three hours, preparing the drivers of the Monster Energy Cup to race in different conditions when the race would resume. Once the drivers were able to start their engines for the second time, the remainder of the race yielded memorable results.
Alex Bowman held off Kyle Larson to earn his first Monster Cup series victory. Having one of the fastest cars during practice and an incredible run after the delay, Bowman’s days of falling short of a win are over. After climbing out of his car, which was stuck in the grass from his victory burn-out, Bowman was emotional after his win at the highest level. He even took a dig at Chad Knaus, crew chief for William Byron, who he claimed had said something to him about not winning.
Larson finished second, after unsuccessfully attempting to capture the lead from Bowman. Joey Logano, who entered Sunday’s race only one point ahead of Kyle Busch in season points, finished third. Jimmie Johnson earned his season-best finish of fourth. Brad Keselowski, a predicted frontrunner for this race, rounded out the top five.
A greater points gap emerged between Logano and Busch after Busch’s ill-fated run at Chicago. Contact with the wall, a cut tire, and a smoky cockpit caused Busch to limp to the checkered flag, finishing 22nd. He now stands 18 points behind Logano.
Up next, the drivers will travel back to Daytona, Florida for a night race at the Daytona International Speedway. The Coke Zero 400 will take place on Saturday, July 6, at 7:30 p.m.