A year ago it was as if nothing could go right for Anderson Bowen both on and off the track. The 16-year-old Suwanee, Georgia driver was plagued by injuries and the loss of seat time that left to an unsuccessful year.
Now fast forward to 2014 where his most recent triumph in the 50th Alabama 200 at Montgomery Motor Speedway was his third overall and the second major event victory of the season.
"Finally everything lined up for us tonight," said Bowen after winning the race on Saturday. "I was excited when the yellow came out because that allowed us to come in and take our right side tires and go for the win. Our strategy worked perfectly tonight."
Bowen took tires before the competition yellow around halfway and got the lead. He then surrendered it to Augie Grill before a yellow with 16 to go allowed for Bowen to take on fresh tires again. The No. 29 team elected to have four right side tires and not just one full set.
"They made us hold up the Alabama flag in victory lane, but I wish they would let us hold up the Georgia flag to let them know who was the winner tonight. This has become a Georgia thing because Chase (Elliott) won last year and Mason (Massey) the year before that."
The win is the second for Bowen in the Southern Super Series after he won at Gresham Motorsports Park in July. Bowen has an average finish of 6.23 this season in the Super Late Model series.
"This is a huge step for me on winning the Alabama 200," said Bowen. "If you look at all the past winners of this race you can see what it means. Now we have this one complete and we can look to win bigger races."
Already this season Bowen took one of the richest Pro Late Model races in the country as he won the Master of the Pros 144 at I-44 Speedway (MO) in May.
Anderson Bowen will be back in action this weekend with Cunningham Motorsports at Salem Speedway (IN) for the ARCA Federated Car Care Fall Classic 200. The week after that Bowen will return to the Super Late Models where he will contend for the Southern Super Series Championship on the Gulf Coast at Five Flags Speedway (FL) on September 19 and Mobile International Speedway (AL) on September 20.