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Bowman, Sadler lock horns at Michigan, later mend fences

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Drama unfolded between Alex Bowman and Elliott Sadler in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Michigan International Speedway.

Sadler and Bowman made contact on the frontstretch coming to Lap 74, causing Sadler to brush the wall. The caution was then displayed on the same lap after Austin Cindric spun in the No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. Sadler made his displeasure with Bowman known under the caution period, hitting the left side of Bowman’s No. 23 GMS Racing Chevrolet.

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The incident resulted in a left-front tire rub for Bowman and sent both him and Sadler to the pits for repairs.

Bowman finished 21st in the LTi Printing 250, while Sadler brought the No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet in 30th.

Standing outside of his car on pit road after the race, Bowman didn’t mince words regarding Sadler and the incident.

“A third of the way down the straightaway where he just decided to pull up,” Bowman said. “At this point, what am I supposed to do? It’s his race track and I’m just driving on it and lift? I’m not going to lift for a guy who wouldn’t lift for me. I don’t know why he drove down the corner after he messed up and hit us under caution. That was pretty dumb.

“I don’t know. He gets pretty fired up. I like Elliott, but in my opinion, that was pretty dumb.”

Both Bowman and Sadler took to social media after the event, indicating that they had communicated in an effort to smooth out their differences.

JR Motorsports and GMS Racing both have a technical alliance with Hendrick Motorsports, as Bowman filled in for Spencer Gallagher in the No. 23 after Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott subbed in for Charlotte and Pocono. Bowman’s next race with the GMS Racing Xfinity team will be at Kentucky Speedway on July 13.

Taking some post-race time on pit road to reflect on his side of the incident, Bowman defended his actions on the race track.

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” Bowman added. “There was nothing that I really could have done differently. It’s not like I cleared myself on him and wrecked him. He cleared himself on me and wasn’t clear.

“…It sucks. It caused a tire rub and it was pretty unnecessary. I hate it for all the guys at GMS. Obviously we had a really strong car, but somebody’s temper, I guess, just took us out of the day.”