NASCAR Cup Series driver Alex Bowman will want to forget this round of qualifying for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
Bowman, the winner of seven NASCAR Cup Series races in his eight-year career, failed to qualify for the upcoming XPEL 225. And he failed to do so for one terrible reason in particular: He blew his tire in the first lap of qualifying.
The NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Trucks Series account made note of this, claiming “Issues for the No. 7 during Group A qualifying” on Twitter.
Issues for the No. 7 during Group A qualifying. pic.twitter.com/6PyJIybJKO
— NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Trucks (@NASCAR_Trucks) March 24, 2023
It’s a rough go for Bowman, as Cup Series races not qualifying for lower-tiered races is a bit of a rarity.
This is especially true when you consider just how well Bowman did during practice. According to Cameron Richardson, who posted the practice results from the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, Bowman placed fifth in terms of time. So he was one of the fastest racers among those who practiced.
Despite that, he still failed to qualify due to the blown tire.
Truck practice results from COTA.
Kyle Busch fastest.
Ross Chastain & Alex Bowman among the top five. pic.twitter.com/fUkaP3KKV2
— Cameron Richardson (@therichreport) March 24, 2023
It’s also a pretty swift blow for him as he had been doing very well on the Cup Series circuit. He’s made four Top 10 finishes this season, placing fifth at Daytona and as high as third in Las Vegas in the Pennzoil 400.
The XPEL 225 will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.