RAB Racing and the No. 99 St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Toyota Camry driven by Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Alex Bowman were confident of a good finish coming in to Kansas Speedway. Alex Bowman has two wins in just two starts at Kansas Speedway in the ARCA Racing Series, and RAB Racing utilized chassis No. 42 which has numerous top 10 finishes and captured the pole award at Texas Motor Speedway in April. It was evident early in the weekend that this combination of equipment and experience had the speed to contend as Bowman recorded the fastest time in the first practice session at 30.47 seconds at 177.223 miles per hour. Crew chief Chris Rice, knew the No. 99 had the outright speed the team was looking for, so he utilized the second and final practice session to work on long green flag runs, and recorded the 14th fastest lap. This translated into the 11th fastest lap for qualifying and a good starting position at a place where track position often plays a key role in a good finish.
Alex Bowman: "All I can say is a big thank you goes out to everyone at RAB Racing, Toyota, and Joe Gibbs Racing Engines, we truly had the total package this weekend in Kansas. We are all disappointed in an 11th place finish which shows how far we've come as a team and the momentum we are carrying into these last four races. At the beginning of the season we would have really been happy with a finish right outside the top 10, but we've come so far throughout the year that now we expect to run upfront each weekend. It was so exciting to come from 26th to fourth on the run halfway through the race, my crew chief Chris Rice made the right adjustment to the car at the right time and from that point on we could contend with pretty much anyone. The restarts at the end of the race were definitely wild and we lost a lot of time and positions battling with other cars, and even got pushed into the wall late in the race which hurt the balance of the car. We learned a lot, we've got momentum, and have our hometown race in Charlotte next weekend so I'm really excited for what the rest of the season has in store for this team."
With the 11th place finish Bowman maintained the 11th position in driver point standings and Robby Benton also held on to the 16th position in owner point standings. The next race for RAB Racing and Alex Bowman with be the Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 11th which will be televised live on ESPN 2, and can be heard on PRN Radio.