Bowman Apologizes To Patrick
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on August 24, 2014 | 1:32 A.M. EST
Danica Patrick spins after she was hit from behind by Alex Bowman, who later apologized for the incident. (Photo: Getty Images)
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Alex Bowman apologized to Danica Patrick for wrecking her during Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway but understands that “Danica Nation is probably going to hate me now.’’
Bowman got into the back of Patrick and caused her to spin on Lap 263. Although she didn’t hit the wall, she lost two laps. It was part of a rough night for Patrick, who battled an ill-handling car and finished 27th.
Bowman said he tried to avoid Patrick but couldn’t.
“It looked like somebody slid up a couple of cars in front of her and they all checked up,’’ said Bowman, who finished 32nd. “ I was just too deep not to run into her. I was on the brakes as hard as I could.
“I went over and talked to her (after the race). Definitely didn’t mean to wreck her. Hate that Danica Nation is probably going to hate me now. It was unintentional. I hope she knows that. There was no reason to wreck her. We weren’t even on the same lap. I apologized.’’
Later in the race, Patrick ran up on Bowman and expressed her displeasure at the time.
Afterward, Patrick was ready to move on.
“I think were fine,’’ she said. “He’s just got to know that when you do that and you don’t leave room for error and you hit me and take me out, I’m right there. As soon as I find you again I’m going to let you know I’m not happy. We’re fine. If he does it again, worse things will happen. That’s all.’’