Todd Bowsher, driver of the ...
Todd Bowsher, driver of the #21 Safe Auto Insurance Ford had another hectic weekend. On Friday the Jack Bowsher & Associates Motorsports team and all of the ARCA RE/MAX teams started their weekend at the 0.5 mile Toledo Speedway for the Hantz Group 200 presented by Belle Tire. Bowsher qualified 20th and finished 12th. On Monday, Labor Day, Bowsher qualified 20th and finished 13th at the 1.0 mile dirt track at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in DuQuoin, Illinois.
Bowsher posted the 18th fastest practice speed at Toledo. When the race began Bowsher, starting from the 18th spot, began picking off positions. During one green flag run when he had gained 5 positions, Bowsher radioed his crew, "We have a really fast car, boys." It showed on the track with Bowsher moving to the 5th position by lap 71 of the 200 lap event. Bowsher brought the #21 in to the attention of the crew on lap 93 for four tires and fuel. When the green flag flew Bowsher again began his move toward the front. As the race wound down Bowsher was running in the 8th spot. When the field took the white flag on lap 199 numerous accidents occurred all around the track. As Bowsher was trying to avoid one skirmish by going between a spinning car and the wall, the #21 was clipped and sent into the outside wall, doing severe damage to the Ford. With the yellow flag flying, the field was reset and ready for the green, white and checkered flags. The #21 Safe Auto Insurance Ford was nearly undriveable as it had major right side and radiator damage. Bowsher came into the pits on the final lap of the race to avoid damage to the motor, finishing one lap down.
A disappointed Bowsher said, "We had such a fast car tonight. All of the cautions hurt us. We could pick up positions under the green, but dealing with the lapped cars after the cautions set us back a little. We are so disappointed at the outcome here. Not only did we finish 12th after running in the top ten most of the evening, we also have a wrecked race car. But, we don't have much time to dwell on this evening. We have to head home to the shop and pick up our race car to go to DuQuoin."
Frank Kimmel, David Ragan, Billy Venturini, Justin Allgaier and Ken Weaver were the top five finishers. Bowsher is in 8th position in the points race after Toledo.
As the weekend continued, the ARCA RE/MAX series traveled to DuQuoin, Illinois for the Southern Illinois 100 on Monday. Bowsher qualified 20th and once again moved forward quickly when the green flag flew. Bowsher brought the #21 Ford in for the mandatory pit stop on lap 11, with most of the leaders, for fuel only. When the race restarted there were few cautions for the remaining 89 laps. On lap 99, while running in the 8th position, Bowsher's car ran out of fuel. As he coasted across the start/finish line, he lost five positions, finishing in the 13th spot.
After the race Bowsher said, "We ran really, really well today. I had a lot of fun out there today running with the leaders. Unfortunately, we didn't get as good of fuel mileage as they did. But we had a good day. We would have had two top ten finishes this weekend, if not for just two laps, the last scheduled lap at Toledo and the last lap here at Duquoin. We just need to regroup and head to Chicago next weekend. Hopefully, we can get this Safe Auto Insurance Ford into victory lane before the season is over."
Frank Kimmel, Bob Strait, Josh Allison, Justin Allgaier, and Chad McCumbee finished in the top five at DuQuoin. After the dirt race, Bowsher is in the 8th position in the year long points race.
The next race for the Jack Bowsher & Associates Motorsports team is Saturday, September 10, for the SK Hand Tool 200 at the 1.5 mile Chicagoland Speedway. The race will be covered live on SPEED Channel at 2 pm EST.