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Bowers Earns First Career Heat Win and Best Result at Knoxville Raceway
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Inside Line Promotions – KNOXVILLE, Iowa (June 4, 2019) – Ryan Bowers registered his first career heat race win and a career-best feature finish at Knoxville Raceway last Saturday.
The BDS Motorsports driver capped a busy two-day weekend by qualifying 11th quickest in his group at the half-mile oval, where he was making his third career visit.
“I felt confident in the car,” he said. “It looked like the bottom was where we needed to be. With my experience we stuck with the top and made that work. That put us in the heat inversion. We got a good start, but things got a little dicy and we fell to second. We got into traffic with two laps to go and I was able to make a last-lap pass to win my first heat at Knoxville.”
Bowers’ late-race move combined with his qualifying run put him 18th in overall points out of 48 competitors. That locked him into the 18th starting position for the A Main.
“With combined points from qualifying and the heat win that put us starting toward the back,” he said. “We tried some stuff with the car and it didn’t fit perfect. We learned a bunch and will use that moving forward. I think we might have been a little too tight for how I drive. We made some notes and we’ll be better.”
Bowers finished 20th in the feature.
The weekend began the previous night at Jackson Motorplex in Jackson., Minn., which hosted a Midwest Power Series and Midwest Sprint Touring Series show that featured 46 drivers. Bowers placed third in a heat race and second in a B Main to advance into the main event. He wrapped up the night by maneuvering from 20th to 16th in the A Main.
“I think it went well,” he said. “The track had a lot of character as some people would say. That made racing difficult. All in all it was a good, solid night. It was only our second night in the car so we’re still trying to dial things in. We’d been sitting idle for a month with weather and the schedule. We drove hard in the feature. When you’re starting that far back everyone is going everywhere. It’s hard to execute a pass because none of us could keep our cars where we wanted to.”
Bowers will return to Jackson Motorplex this Friday before making his 410ci winged sprint car season debut on Saturday at Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids, Minn., with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.
QUICK RESULTS –
May 31 – Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn. – Heat race: 3 (2); B Main: 2 (2); Feature: 16 (20).
June 1 – Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa – Qualifying: 11; Heat race: 1 (1); Feature: 20 (18).
SEASON STATS –
3 races, 0 wins, 1 top five, 1 top 10, 1 top 15, 3 top 20s
UP NEXT –
Friday at Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn., with the Midwest Power Series and Saturday at Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids, Minn., with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
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“I can’t thank K1 RaceGear enough for keeping me safe,” Bowers said. “I’ve caught on fire during one of my races and they kept me completely unharmed. I’m really glad to have them be a part of our team.”
Bowers would also like to thank BDS Motorsports, Operation: 23 to Zero, Fastsigns, Rice Creek Building and Remodeling, Jeff Westall Outdoors, Mastell Brothers Trailer Service, GRP Motorsports, Elevated Health Center, Race Coatings, Liquid Nitro, Speedwerx, All Pro Cylinder Heads, Astro Titanium, AutoMeter, Batts Farms, Birch Corp Financial, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Diversified Machine Inc (DMI), Donovan Engineering, Dyer Rods, Eagle Chassis (EMi), Engler Machine and Tool, FK Rod Ends, Fuel Safe, Gillund Enterprises, GRP Motorsports, Hepfner Racing Products (HRP), Hoosier Tire, JMS Motorsports, Joe's Kleen Products, The Joie of Seating, Justice Brothers, Kinsler Fuel Injection, KSE Racing Products, Kustom Race Parts, Mahle, MDS Boring and Drilling, ML Graphics, Moroso Products, NGK Spark Plugs, Outerwears, Over The Top Marketing and Promotions, Pit Stop Liquors, Quick Racing Products, Randy's Lawncare/Maintenance, Sander Engineering, SCE Gaskets, Schoenfeld Headers, Sebastian Sandblasting and Powdercoating, Shane Liebig, Shaver Specialty Race Engines, Simpson Race Products, Smiley’s Racing Products, Speedway Motors, Super Shox, The Boss (www.shoptheboss.com), Thomas Sno Sports, Total Seal Piston Rings, Ultra-Lite Brakes, Visual Impact and Zephyr Pro40 for their continued support.
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