After getting the monkey off of his back by winning the Mercy Masters of the Pro 144 at Lebanon I-44 Speedway (MO) one week ago, Anderson Bowen and the Copper Creek Hardware No. 29 headed to the Gulf Coast this past weekend for the Southern Super Series doubleheader at Five Flags Speedway (FL) and Mobile International Speedway (AL). A pair of strong runs in both events ended with Bowen bringing two trophies back to his hometown of Suwanee, Georgia.
Bowen battled at the front of the field during both events this weekend before crossing under the checkered flag third at Five Flags on Friday and second at Mobile on Saturday. During the second event of the weekend at Mobile, the 16 year old flexed a lot of muscle late closing in on eventual race winner Donnie Wilson.
After being unable to pass Wilson to record his second win in two weeks, Bowen was a bit frustrated, but overall was very pleased with the speed his team showed at a track that they had previously struggled at.
“It’s pretty frustrating, but we haven’t run as good as we needed to here so tonight is a good night for us,” said Bowen. “It proves that we’re good at most of the tracks that we go to. We’ve shown that we can record decent finish and show consistency.
“We were so fast right there towards the end. I thought something was wrong with him (Wilson). We closed up the gap really quick there towards the end. Still, we need a little bit more and to be better all around. We’ve got some stuff to work with.”
Bowen’s finishes this weekend wrap up one of the best months of his young career. Throughout the month, Bowen didn’t finish outside of the top-five in any event. His second and third-place finishes this weekend give him a total of eight podium finishes thus far in 2014.
“We’ve shown a lot of consistency all year at these races and this weekend proves that we’re going to be a threat to win anytime we show up,” said Bowen. “Third at Pensacola and second at Mobile, I feel like it’s been all and all a good weekend with solid finishes.”
Bowen currently sits second in the Southern Super Series point standings, just 17 points behind Bubba Pollard.
Next up for Bowen will be the Howie Lettow Memorial 150 at The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin on Sunday, June 8. During that event, Bowen will be looking for his second straight JEGS/CRA victory.