By CAMDEN PROUD
While DIRTcar Sportsman veteran and current series points leader Kevin Root certainly surprised no one by setting fast time for Sunday’s Chevy Performance 75 at Oswego Speedway, 17-year old Addison Bowman may have been the underdog story of the day as the sophomore driver qualified his family No. 12 third of 103 cars with an impressive circuit of 22.619 seconds.
Bowman; who was attempting qualification into NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week for the third time, was understandably overjoyed by his performance. “Locking into the show is huge,” he said. “I think the key to a good lap was keeping the car on the bottom of the track. My crew has been working really hard on setup and they gave me a good car, so it worked out today.”
The Mexico High School student has spent time at several different tracks with his ’17 Bicknell this season, making most of his starts at weekly homes of the Can-Am and Fulton Speedways. He believes trying out different facilities paid dividends as far as his level of experience is concerned.
“I think any time you can travel and go to different places it plays in a pretty fair amount in what you’re doing. Trying different stuff teaches you a lot. We spend time a lot of time at Can-Am where it tends to slick off and the same thing happens at Oswego, so I think that helped us out a ton.”
As for Sunday afternoon, Bowman doesn’t really have a strategy yet. “I am just happy to be in the field,” he explained. “We have not really had a great week and that was my only goal for this weekend. Now we’re in and against the best of the best. I guess my goal is to just get a good finish. Hopefully if I focus and hit my marks, we can keep the car up front Sunday.”