Alex Bowman, No. 99 St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Dover Preview

Alex Bowman
No. 99 St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Toyota Camry

Event Preview Fact Sheet

Event/Date:          5-Hour Energy 200 – June 1, 2013

American Muscle

Venue:                   Dover International Speedway

News & Notes:

This Week’s St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Toyota … Bowman will pilot RAB Racing chassis No. 44 in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race. This chassis last saw action at Darlington Raceway in April where Bowman piloted this Toyota Camry to a 17th-place finish.

Welcome Back… St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will serve as primary sponsor of the No. 99 Toyota Camry this weekend. Founded in 1962 by Danny Thomas, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a pediatric treatment and research facility focused on childhood diseases.

I’ve Been Here … Bowman has competed in one NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the Delaware oval. In 2012’s running of the OneMain Financial 200, Bowman finished 19th. Bowman has also raced here in K&N Pro Series East competition.

RAB Racing at Dover … RAB Racing has competed in nine Nationwide Series events at The Monster Mile since their inaugural year of competition in 2009. RAB Racing has one top 10 and five top 20 finishes, including a best showing of seventh which came with Kenny Wallace in 2011.

Rice at Dover … Crew chief of the No. 99 Toyota Camry Chris Rice has sat atop the pit box at Dover International Speedway eight times in his Nationwide Series career; most notably amassing 83 laps led with Wallace in 2004.

Get to the Points …As we head into the 11th race of the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, Bowman currently occupies the 10th position in the drivers’ point standings, only 45 points out of the top five. A mere six points separates Bowman from ninth position. Owner Robby Benton moved into the 14th position of the Nationwide Series owners’ point standings.

Rookie Battle… Following Bowman’s 20th-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway, he holds down the second position in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year point standings, 19 points behind leader Kyle Larson.

Catch the Action … Saturday’s 5-Hour Energy 200 at Dover International Speedway will be televised live Saturday, June 1 beginning at 2:30 p.m. EST on ESPN and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network.

Get Social … Don’t miss any updates from Bowman and RAB Racing. Follow them on Twitter @AlexBRacing and @RAB_Racing.

Alex Bowman Quotes:

“Dover is a place I’ve been looking forward to revisiting now for a long time. These last few races have been at tracks where I’ve never been, so to go back to a place like Dover where I even have a Nationwide start will really help myself and the team.  It’s a really fun track through the elevation changes and having to really get on top of the wheel and drive the car. It’s one of those places that’s really challenging and fun all at the same time. ”

Chris Rice Quotes:

“Dover is a very tricky track for not only the driver, but also the crew chief. The crucial thing all competitors fight is keeping your speed in the center of the corner, and grip in the car as it exits the corner. With the elevation changes and the track continuously changing from the amount of rubber that’s being put down, it’s one of the hardest tracks to find that happy medium where the car does everything you want. With the time that we spent at TRD this week, and Alex already familiar with the track, I’m excited about our chances of a good finish.”

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