Bowsher Finishes Season 7th in Points
Todd Bowsher, driver of the #21 Safe Auto Insurance Ford, started 41st and finished 18th in the Food World 300 at Talladega Superspeedway Saturday.
Bowsher practiced in the 38th spot and qualified 41st as a provisional on Thursday. During the one hour practice session on Friday, the team found a bit more speed in preparation for the race.
When the race started, Bowsher began from the back of the pack. By lap 2, Bowsher had climbed 9 positions to 32nd when the first wreck took place damaging six cars. Bowsher brought his car to the attention of the pit crew for four Hoosier tires and Sunoco fuel during the caution. As the race restarted, Bowsher continued to move up. By the next pit stop on lap 50 Bowsher was in 25th. With four tires and fuel from the pit crew, Bowsher continued advancing. When the final caution came out on lap 68, Bowsher was in 22nd. Bowsher pitted during this caution for fuel only. The final 33 green flag laps enabled Bowsher to finish in 18th position. After the race the second generation driver said, "We did exactly what we needed to do today. We raced a smart race here at Talladega. Even though we were down on horsepower to the leaders, we avoided the wrecks and came out of here in one piece."
Kraig Kinser, Kyle Krisiloff, Bobby Gerhart, Erin Crocker and Frank Kimmel were the top five finishers. Bowsher finished the season 7th in points and 1st in the Hoosier Hard Charger award points.
The 2005 ARCA RE/MAX season had several challenges for the #21 team. The spring race at Salem Speedway was one of those races. With a car that had potential to win the race, Bowsher was involved in many situations during the race which required the attention of the pit crew during the race. In spite of all the adversity, the #21 finished 5th on the lead lap. Challenge #2 happened at Lanier, Georgia, when the team had an extremely competitive car that experienced overheating problems throughout the race. After bringing the Ford to the crew's attention 11 times for water to cool the engine, Bowsher finished 10th, still on the lead lap, at the 0.4 mile speedway. The most recent challenge for the Bowsher team happened at Salem Speedway two weeks ago. Bowsher's comments about the Salem race included, "When the driver screws up and attempts to knock the inside wall down during practice, it really places your team in a bad situation." The entire team worked non-stop on the extensive radiator damage from the time the car came into the pit area until it was driven onto the track to make the qualifying run. With a car capable of winning the race, the team had a few more obstacles during the race, which included a spin, to overcome before the team and Bowsher finished 5th on the lead lap at this 0.555 mile track.
The highlights of the season for the Jack Bowsher and Associates Motorsports team included the two Salem 5th place finishes, the 10th at Lanier and the 8th place finish at the June Pocono race. Bowsher also lead five laps at Kansas Speedway. Even though the #21 team had several missed opportunities, both Toledo races and the dirt race at DuQuoin provided excitement this year for Bowsher fans.
Bowsher reflected on the 2005 season by saying, "We are pleased with our season as a whole. Even though we didn't get to victory lane, we had some great performances. We had a couple of cars that could have won races this year. That certainly kept our team pumped up. Some of our finishes didn't show how well we ran during the races, but we finished 7th in points in a very competitive series, up two spots from last year. We put ourselves in the position where we had a chance to finish 6th in points going into Talladega. That didn't happen today, but overall we are pleased with our season. We had a great final stretch, improving three spots in the points races over the last five races. I want to thank Safe Auto Insurance and GFS Marketplace and all of our associate sponsors for their help all season. Also, without all the day in and day out work and support from my crew none of this would have happened."
As the #21 finished the last lap of the 113 laps at Talladega, Bowsher radioed his crew to keep their radios on for a few minutes. As he came around on the cool down lap, Bowsher told his crew, "Thanks to all of you guys and gals for everything you have done this whole season, both at the track and in the shop. Without you, this season wouldn't have been possible." And with that statement Bowsher put the exclamation point on the Jack Bowsher & Associates Motorsports team's 2005 season!
-Jack Bowsher & Associates Motorsports