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While a few of the top guys unexpectedly bowed out early, there are a few impressive displays for the limited budget class.
Each of them stuck to their game with patience from start to finish, which is a job well done.
Though as usual, only the three of the best come out on top.
He had a great start initially just inside the Top 20 before the late Ryan Newman caution saw him gain five spots in 15th after Stage 1.
Stage 2 may have slipped back for a while but credit to a series of cautions that saw McDowell score in 16th.
In the end, he ran out the rest of this late afternoon quiet, having seen some drivers jammed out, it allowed McDowell to seal P7.
Initially, nothing much has changed in and out of the Top 20 mark.
Stage 2 has seen some improvement made in his No.43 Chevy within the Top 15 for most of the time.
Though, he had to pit late for strategy purposes after the William Byron incident.
But he did bounce back, in the end, having built a set base in 15th before Bubba oversaw other drivers ahead of him crash out & remained patient on the run home in 9th.
He may have started slow and steady earlier on.
Stage 2 looked bright for Bell in the No.95 Toyota with an extended run in the Top 10 & continued to carry that type of form into Stage 3.
The late cautions may have put everyone on a reset dial having Bell lost a few spots via restarts in the end.
But he’s happy to get his race car on the finish line in 12th.
Congratulations to all three drivers mentioned in this category.
For Christopher Bell, he has displayed some flashes of brilliance for most of the time thanks to the fantastic equipment.
It’s just the constant late yellows that may hold him back a bit.
But at the end of the day, grabbing as many points as possible is better than having to watch the race from the sidelines like most of the guys finish way below him is worth it.
With the right equipment assisted, he can create even more potential within the top half in the premier class of NASCAR.
Bubba Wallace used his patience for the whole time to unlock that reward.
Thanks to the other drivers drop out ahead of him, the clean air gave him the chance to have an extended run in the top half of the field where he pulled off nicely.
Again, It turned out to be a great success for him to merit another Top 10 finish.
For Michael McDowell, he proved to be the best bunch in this category.
He built a significant set phase within the Top 15 without much interruption from his No.38 Ford Mustang.
And thanks to many yellows at least in the 2nd half of the race, the number of top team drivers dropping out saw an opportunity for the limited budget runners like McDowell to prove what he can do best in this sort of equipment.
In the end, that opportunity McDowell showed to everyone behind the cockpit was fantastic, which demonstrates his valuable Cup racing experience offered at Front Row Motorsports.