Well, Alex Bowman has officially taken himself off the dark horse list. After such a dominant performance for his first win of the young season and coming off what probably would’ve been his first win of the season in Vegas, Bowman looks different this season. He is easily the strongest looking Chevy so far.

In his third season, he is finally starting to show what Dale Earnhardt Jr. was telling Rick Hendrick he had in him those couple years ago. 

He’s also being quite the party pooper for Ryan Blaney who has looked just as strong this season. Unfortunately, while both found themselves unlucky in Vegas, Bowman’s is the only one whose luck turned around.

All-day it seemed like taking care of your tires was just as key for drivers as finding as much speed on the track as they could. The tires we’re such a problem that Ryan Blaney and Austin Dillon both forfeited their positions on the race track – Dillon was only running around 15th whereas Blaney was running 2nd – with merely a lap or two left. They didn’t even think they could make it to the finish line.

It’s a bit of a shock to the system to see Alex Bowman and Ryan Blaney being the class of the field so early on. Guys like Busch, Harvick, Logano, or Hamlin were who I was expecting to take over at some point yesterday but they couldn’t ever catch either of the two.

Watching the official Underdog of Hendrick Motorsports start to give Chase Elliott a run for his money as the strongest HMS driver is really interesting early on. With as strong as the 88-car is running is Bowman an early favorite to make the Championship 4?

Still too early to tell but after murmurs of if Bowman was good enough for an HMS ride starting to circulate, it’s satisfying to see him start to earn his keep. Time will tell if this is the start of a trend or just a hot start, it seems pretty real to me though.

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