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NASCAR Chicago Street Race Sunday; Stan Kalwasinski Photos/Recap

Bowman winner of Chicago Street Race

By Stan Kalwasinski

Chicago, Ill., July 7—Winning for the first time since 2022, Alex Bowman beat rain, darkness and 39 other drivers to win the NASCAR Cup Series “Grant Park 165” Sunday on the streets of Downtown Chicago.

Scheduled for 75 laps and shortened to 58 laps because of daylight getting scarce, the race on the 2.2-mile, 12-turn, temporary street course saw Bowman wheel his Ally Chevrolet No. 48 passed sports car ace Joey Hand on lap 51 to score the win, ending his 80-race drought.

With the race getting underway with a light sprinkle in the air, Ty Gibbs got the jump on fastest qualifier Kyle Larson and led the first 11 laps with last year’s winner Shane van Gisbergen taking over the top spot.  Chirstopher Bell and Zane Smith also led the race that was red flagged on lap 26 because of a heavy downpour of rain.  Van Gisbergen saw his day come to an end on lap 25 after being clipped by Chase Briscoe.  Earlier, Larson was also an accident victim on lap 34, ending his winning hopes.

After a one hour, 43 minute and one second delay for getting standing rainwater off the track, Gibbs, on Goodyear rain tires, was the leader only to lose the top spot to a fast-running Bell on lap 31.  Bell was among several drivers that pitted on lap 43 for slick tires and saw his chance for victory end after an accident on lap 56.

Bowman held a 2.863-second lead over Tyler Reddick at the finish with Gibbs, Hand and Micheal McDowell rounding out the “top five.”

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