During quarantine, NASCAR driver Alex Bowman built a sprint car
Alex Bowman shared a picture of a dirt sprint car on Instagram. Days later, that was followed by a video of Alex Bowman driving the machine in a test on The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
Bowman already fields a dirt midget team on the national USAC tour. Now, he has a new 410 winged machine in the shop.
That led many to speculate. Is Alex Bowman going sprint car racing in 2021?
Alex Bowman on the dirt sprint car
“I’m not driving it – that’s the first question I get. I’m not driving it,” Bowman said during the Texas rain delay.
“Just quarantine boredom and decided to build a winged-sprint car. It’s been a lot of fun. We went and tested on Friday and CJ was really fast right off the bat—as fast as anybody that’s tested during the day there.
“We were going pretty good. The track was right through the middle, not real worked in, so I was like ‘man, if there was ever a time to make some laps in one of these things, that would be now’. “
“So, I went and made some laps. I think I ran like 7 or 8-laps and had a ton of fun.”
Alex Bowman is a team owner. He fields a USAC midget for CJ Leary on the national scene. Now, he’ll be adding a sprint car to the 2021 stable.
“We’re going to start racing it here soon and have lot of fun doing it,” Bowman added.
“That’s why I do that deal—to really just have fun and no expectations. I have a really, really good group of people that help me on those cars.
“We’ve never lost a party when we go dirt racing, so that’s what we’re going to go do this winter.”
Alex Bowman Racing: Chili Bowl Nationals
Last year, Alex Bowman took a run at the Chili Bowl Nationals. At the same time, he was also the car owner and crew chief for CJ Leary’s dirt midget. That was too much…
“Last year got pretty difficult between running the Race of Champions with CJ and me running, not having a crew chief, me crew chiefing CJ – it was just a lot of work for me to drive one of the cars and crew chief the other car,” Bowman said.
“So, I decided honestly, I don’t have much business at Chili Bowl, just with only racing those cars once a year and a big lack of experience.”
However, Bowman still plans to field two midgets in the 2021 Chili Bowl, assuming the race runs as planned. The race could still be postponed much like the Gateway Dirt Nationals.
“The program kind of needed two drivers that could help each other, instead of CJ trying to describe to me everything that I’m doing wrong every time I’m on the race track. Jake Swanson is going to drive and I think the two of them can really help each other, and try to put two cars in the show instead of just one.”