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ROBERSONVILLE, NC – A day after scoring a critical win at Southern National Motorsports Park, Matt Bowling added to his advantage in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship with a win at East Carolina Motor Speedway.

Bowling took the lead from East Carolina points leader Brenden Queen on lap 19 of the first 40 lap feature and went on to score the victory.  Bowling had to hold back challenges from veteran Louis White as well as Tyler Matthews.  The win was Bowling’s 14th win of the season.

Despite now having more wins than national championship rivals Keith Rocco and Ty Majeski, Bowling knows it’s not over yet.

“Nothing’s over until it’s over,” Bowling said after the race.  “Still got one more week.  We’ll see what happens there.  They can easily get me but we’re just doing all we can.  We’ve got good cars and doing the best we can and putting in the good effort.

“We’re clicking right now and winning when we need to win.  It’s awesome.  Great win.  Can’t beat the feeling.”

Bowling is hoping to add to his win total in the second Late Model feature, which will be run following the conclusion of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at East Carolina.  Bowling took advantage of his time out front in the first race to try to save tires for the second race.

“I got spaced out with Louis there so I tried to manage,” Bowling remarked.  “Can’t manage too much, he was coming on pretty strong.  I had to get away.  You’ve got to expect a bumper here and have to get away as quick as you can.”

Louis White’s strong run went south with five laps to go when he went around, possibly with assistance.  He was able to race his way back up to seventh.

Unofficial Results

  1. Matt Bowling
  2. Tyler Matthews
  3. Brenden Queen
  4. Thomas Burbage
  5. Jeff Shifflett
  6. Justin Carroll
  7. Louis White
  8. Wesley Johnson
  9. Ryan Haddock
  10. Paul Williamson
  11. Thomas Marks
  12. Kenneth Mercer
  13. Dean Shifflett
  14. Eric Winslow
  15. JT Jackson
  16. Maddy Ryan Mulligan
  17. George Brunnhoelzl, III
  18. Mark Wertz
  19. Justin Carroll

Marquis comes from St. Charles, Maryland and has a widespread background in journalism, having covered politics in Washington and Maryland as well as nearly every form of auto racing, including NASCAR, IndyCar, AMA Motocross and IHRA Drag Racing. Now living near Emerald Isle, North Carolina, Marquis covers Late Model Stock Cars and Super Late Models in the Carolinas and Virginia.

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