Alex Bowman took a final stage lead from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Larson on pit road which then saw Bowman led the rest of the race to take home his second NASCAR Cup Series win of the season.
Bowman victory came in the No. 48 car that former iconic driver Jimmie Johnson rode to victory lane 11 times at Dover International Speedway, the most of any NASCAR driver to date.
Kyle Larson, who was leading a for over 262 laps and won both stages, however ended up finishing second. It marked only the 16th time in Larson Cup Series career he has led at least 100 laps in a race. Previously he had won three of those races.
Kyle Larson benefitting from no practice session in the Cup Series
After the race at Dover Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick confirmed they are currently in talks with Bowman over a contract extension.
“We’ve already started it should be done anytime now, we want Alex there and he wants to be there so at this point its just a formality.” said Rick Hendrick
“Just being at Hendrick Motorsports is obviously where i wanna be, and i want to continue working with Ally driving the No. 48 car.” Alex Bowman stated
Rick Hendrick and Alex Bowman confirm that Bowman is close to signing a multiyear extension to remain at Hendrick Motorsports: pic.twitter.com/7ElXAc7y0K
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) May 16, 2021
This victory gives Hendrick Motorsports 267 NASCAR Cup Series victories, one short of Petty Enterprises for the all-time record.