Alex Bowman scored his second straight second-place finish in Monday’s Gander RV 400 at Dover International Speedway.
One week after following Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott across the finish line in his Talladega Superspeedway win, Bowman made it two consecutive Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series runner-up runs behind Martin Truex Jr. on Monday.
"It would be better if we had a trophy, right? We needed this, for sure," Bowman said. "Talladega is a speedway, it’s a lot of luck involved. To come here to, in my opinion, the hardest racetrack we go to, run like that from the back of all things, was pretty special.
"Just proud of everybody at Hendrick Motor Sports for all the improvement we’ve made over the last year or so. We’re going to keep it going."
Bowman’s accomplishment was even more impressive considering he was forced to come from the rear of the field after his car failed pre-race inspection twice on Sunday. The 400-mile grind to second place took its toll.
"I wanted out," Bowman said. "This is the physically hardest race of the year for me for sure. We were in Martin’s way. I wish I was in his way at the end of the race. We at least had a shot at it. That’s really all you can ask for.
"So proud of (crew chief) Greg Ives, everybody on this 88 team. We had a miserable start to the season. We did a really good job resetting over the off week. We’ve come out strong since then."