LUCAMA, NC – Matt Bowling knew he needed to win and he made the move to score the win on the first lap of the second Late Model race at Southern National Motorsports Park on Saturday night.
Bowling is locked in a tight battle for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) national championship with northern SK Modified driver Keith Rocco and Midwestern Super Late Model standout Ty Majeski. Bowling has the points lead, but needs to keep winning races to maintain it until the points cutoff on September 18th.
“I can’t express how bad we needed it,” Bowling said after the race. “It’s been a long week. To at least have one win on the weekend is great. A lot of hard work goes into this stuff and to come away with one win is awesome.”
Bowling made an aggressive three wide move to take the lead on the first lap of the race, getting around Tyler Matthews and Bradley McCaskill. He pulled away from the field and, after a late race caution, survived a challenge from McCaskill on a restart to score the win.
“It was a bold move,” Bowling said. “[Matthews] washed up and [McCaskill], they both went up the track. It was just enough for me to get through there. Lucky it worked out where nobody got tore up. Just worked out good. I don’t normally like doing that but we’ve got to do what we’ve got to do now.”
Bowling will continue to chase victories on Sunday when he heads to East Carolina Motor Speedway, where Late Model Stock Cars will race along with the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. After Sunday, he will head to South Boston Speedway where he hopes to secure his third track championship there while also clinching the NWAAS national championship.
“We’re going to try to pick up our third championship at South Boston next Saturday. It will be close. We’re just trying to get this national. That’s what’s on our minds right now. I feel like, if we pick that up, everything else will work out. Just got to keep winning. That’s what it’s going to take.”
Bowling has 13 wins on the season, tying him in wins with Rocco and Majeski. Rocco finished fourth in a Modified race in Connecticut on Saturday night while Majeski finished fourth in a race at Rockford Speedway in Illinois.