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2013 Chicagoland II: Alex Bowman NASCAR Nationwide Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Sep 11, 2013 - 06:27 AM
2013 Chicagoland II: Alex Bowman NASCAR Nationwide Race Preview

News & Notes:
• This Week's ToyotaCare Toyota ... Alex Bowman will pilot RAB Racing Chassis No. 42 in Saturday's Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. This chassis last saw action at Iowa Speedway last month where Bowman finished in the seventh position. Earlier this season, Alex piloted this chassis to the top of the pylon in qualifying to earn the pole at Texas Motor Speedway.
• I've Been Here... The site of his Nationwide Series debut one year ago, Bowman has competed at Chicagoland Speedway twice in his Nationwide Series career. Additionally, Bowman has also raced here in ARCA Racing Series competition. In 2012's running of the Ansell ActivArmr 150, he scored an eighth place finish.


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• RAB Racing at Chicago ... RAB Racing with Brack Maggard has competed in eight Nationwide Series events at Chicagoland Speedway since their inaugural year of competition in 2009. RAB Racing scored their best finish of fourth in 2012 with Kenny Wallace. Additionally, RAB Racing has notched two top ten and five top 20 finishes.
• Rice at Chicago ... Crew chief of the No. 99 Toyota Camry, Chris Rice, has sat atop the pit box at Chicagoland Speedway six times in his Nationwide Series career, garnering two top 20 finishes and one lap led.
• Get to the Points ... As we head into the 26th race of the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, Bowman currently occupies the 11th position in the drivers' point standings, 65 points out of the top 10. Owner Robby Benton sits at 16th position in the Nationwide Series owners' point standings.
• Rookie Battle... Following his 15th place finish at Richmond International Raceway, Bowman retained the second position in the Rookie of the Year point standings, 73 points behind Kyle Larson.
• Meet Alex... Fans can meet Bowman on Saturday, September 14th from 10- 10:30 a.m. at the Toyota Pit Pass display located in Chicagoland Speedway's Champions Park.
• Catch the Action ... Saturday's Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway will be televised live Saturday, September 14 beginning at 3:30 p.m. EST on ESPN2 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:
"I'm really excited to be coming back to Chicagoland Speedway, home of my very first NASCAR Nationwide Series start. It's a race track where we are looking for a little redemption coming back a second time. We were having a really solid run in the July race when the alternator went bad and ended our chance at finishing strong. The good part is we are taking that same car back to Chicago, and it's also the car we won the pole with at Texas in April. Chicago is a track that I really enjoy racing at. It has lost a fair amount of grip and at the end of a tire run the driver is forced to drive a loose race car which coming from my open wheel background is something I enjoy and usually excel at. I'm looking forward to racing at a mile and a half race track and with the help we receive from Toyota Racing Development our car will definitely be in contention at the end of the race."

Chris Rice Quotes:
"Chicago is a track that we've had circled on our calendar since the last race in July. We showed that we had a fast car and the handling that we needed at the end of a long run, but because of the alternator we didn't get the finish this team deserves. Chicago is definitely turning into a handling track but there's such a balance between outright speed and downforce. The track surface has become progressively slicker and rougher since its opening and that puts a much bigger emphasis on car setup. Thankfully we will be spending a full day at Toyota Racing Development with our primary car for Chicago to try different car setups, and see which one offers the best balance."

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