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- Updated: July 16, 2016
By Summer Bedgood, Managing Editor
Kyle Busch may have dominated Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but there was plenty of racing behind him that led to some heated tempers and pointed comments in the garage and on pit road.
Alex Bowman and Ty Dillon were racing for position towards the back half of the top 10. Bowman was to Dillon’s outside as they came off of turn two and onto the backstretch. He stayed to Dillon’s outside, and as the two continued to drive down the backstretch, Bowman turned down towards Dillon’s car. Bowman clipped Dillon’s right rear, turning Dillon’s No. 3 car nose first into the wall.
While Bowman radioed to his team that the contact was not intentional, Dillon certainly didn’t see it that way. Bowman was able to continue racing, but Dillon had to take it to the garage area.
“It’s probably my fault for being back there with a guy who doesn’t get to race very much and he showed why,” Dillon said in a television interview while his crew members made repairs to the car. “I’m very frustrated. He’s beyond the corner. He’s down the straightaway and just turned left. I feel like he’s pretty lucky he’s still on the racetrack and not in the garage with me. I’m pretty upset right now. It’s just not how you race and, yeah, you don’t turn people down the straightaways. I don’t know what to say because I don’t have anything good to say except for I’m glad he’s not around right now.”
After 17 NXS races this season, this was only Bowman’s fifth start as he is running a partial schedule for JR Motorsports. After the race, Bowman maintained that the contact was unintentional.
“I’d be mad too,” said Bowman. “He got tight underneath me and ran us both up the racetrack and I had a bunch of wheel to the left to try to stay out of the wall ‘cause he ran me about all the way into the wall. As it got to the wall, it caught and came down just a little bit. A little bit goes a long way in these cars and I got him in the right rear. I don’t ever do that intentionally. I hate it for the 3 car. I feel like we had a solid racecar, we just needed track position and to not be in that hole. It’s my fault, we’ll move on from it and get ‘em next time.”
Bowman was able to finish eighth while Dillon finished 33rd, 56 laps down. Dillon is racing for the championship this year and, while he has yet to win a race this season, he holds a 162-point cushion over the Chase cutoff point in 13th (currently held by Ross Chastain) with nine races left in the regular season.
Bowman is competing in the Sprint Cup Series race at NHMS tomorrow afternoon, filling in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Chevrolet. Earnhardt was not cleared by his doctors to race after suffering concussion-like symptoms during the past week. Bowman will start 20th.