Alex Bowman earns best result of career while dealing with ‘stomach bug’

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The best finish of Alex Bowman‘s Sprint Cup career took a lot out of him.

The replacement driver for Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway with what Earnhardt called a “stomach bug,” and managed put the No. 88 in seventh place.

Afterward, Bowman had to be taken to the infield medical center.

The seventh-place finish is Bowman’s best in 77 career Sprint Cup starts. He has two top 10s in his six races in the No. 88 as Earnhardt recovers from a concussion.

Bowman was one of three non-Chase drivers in the top 10. A.J. Allmendinger finished eighth. It’s his sixth of the year and his first since the August Bristol race.

“It felt like the best 1.5-mile race we put together there” Allmendinger said. “Good solid top-10 car all day. I made a mistake and sped on pit road (on Lap 117) and got us behind a little bit. Just kind of tough call there at the end. You don’t know how many people are going to pit and good track position and everybody behind me came. I was pretty happy to hold most of them off. I felt like we had about a fifth or sixth-place car and we finished eighth with it. Just a solid day. We need to keep doing work like this.”

Allmendinger has 44 top 10s in 294 Sprint Cup starts, with nine in the last two seasons.

Kasey Kahne finished 10th for his sixth top 10 in seven races. He has 12 top 10s this year, his most since 2013.