RAB Racing with Brack Maggard and the No. 99 ToyotaCare Camry with driver Alex Bowman came into Kentucky Speedway with one simple goal, to improve on their tenth place finish at the speedway last June. Their goal became more difficult as the scheduled two and a half hours of practice were cut down to only thirty minutes, after rain interrupted the first session and canceled the second and final session. After recording the 19th fastest lap in the first practice session and qualifying in the 20th position, the No. 99 team were still confident for the Kentucky 300 as crew chief Chris Rice had a strategic plan to get to the front.
Alex Bowman: "If you would have told me at the beginning of the night we would have a top 5 finish, and be the highest finishing Toyota Camry I wouldn't have believed you, but my crew chief Chris Rice had a plan this entire weekend. The car setup he utilized just wasn't fast for one or two laps, but over a long green flag run where handling came into the equation we were as good as anyone in the field. I have to give a lot of credit to our RAB Racing pit crew and crew chief Chris Rice, we had a really fast ToyotaCare Camry all night and with the right adjustments at the right time and fast pit stops they put me in position to capitalize on other's mistakes. I had a lot of fun tonight racing some really great competitors, racing really tight in three wide battles and have always enjoyed the track here at Kentucky Speedway, so I will have a smile on my face for a few days. Next week will be a challenge as we just haven't mastered the "Monster Mile" in Dover, Delaware but this will definitely give us some momentum."
With his fifth place finish Bowman was able to gain a considerable amount of ground on the top 10 in the driver point standings, but stayed in the 11th position, 44 points out of 10th position. Robby Benton also gained ground in the owner point standings but maintained his 16th position, only 44 points out of the 13th position. The next race for the NASCAR Nationwide Series is the One Main Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway on Saturday, September 28th. The race will be televised live on ESPN2 and can be heard on SIRIUS Satellite Radio and MRN Radio.