NASCAR: Alex Bowman Grabs The Top Spot In Texas For O'Reilly Auto Parts 300

By Christy Valdez
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

After a couple of weeks off the track, the NASCAR Nationwide Series is ready to get things back in action, with Alex Bowman leading the field to the green flag.

During Friday’s Nationwide Series qualifying session at Texas Motor Speedway, Bowman won his first pole of the year when he posted a qualifying lap of 183.418 mph in 29.441 seconds. Joining him on the front row for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 will be Kyle Busch with Austin Dillon, Sam Hornish Jr. and Brad Keselowski to close out the top five.

Rounding out the top ten for the race are Regan Smith, Kevin Harvick, Parker Kligerman, Matt Kenseth, and Elliott Sadler.

It’s been about three weeks since the Nationwide Series drivers last raced and after a pretty lengthy break, all drivers will be anxious to win. Heading into the race at Texas, Hornish looks to extend his points lead against his competitors. Meanwhile Smith, Brian Scott, Justin Allgaier, and Dillon are trying to narrow down the gap between them and the top of the points standings.

As for the race for rookie of the year honors, Bowman has placed himself in a great starting spot for the race at Texas with the chance to find success in the rookie standings.

The race at Texas should provide plenty of racing action for fans and drivers alike, especially after three weeks since the last time the Nationwide cars were on the track.

Christy Valdez is a NASCAR writer for Rant Sports. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy 

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