The 2014 racing season has been a season full of success for Suwannee, Georgia’s Anderson Bowen. The 16-year-old driver added another feat to his impressive resume on Saturday night when he scored his first career Super Late Model win at Gresham Motorsports Park (GA) in the Sunoco 125 Presented by Schoenfeld Headers. Bowen slipped by race leader Daniel Hemric with two laps remaining after a remarkable battle to score his first career Southern Super Series win.
“The last lap always counts and we just made that happen tonight,” said Bowen. “This win was huge for us because this was our home track and it means a lot for us to get our first Super Late Model win so close to home.”
The victory was Bowen’s second of the 2014 season after he captured the win at I-44 Speedway in Missouri back in May at the Masters of the Pros 144.
On Saturday night, Bowen survived an exciting battle with Daniel Hemric, one which saw the two drivers not separated by any more than a car length in the final 50 laps, on his way to securing his first career Super Late Model win.
“That was a lot of fun,” admitted Bowen. “Just racing with one of the best (Daniel Hemric) and to go that hard and not have a problem was a blast. I almost lost it once, but I was able to save it and catch back up. I just kept the mentality that the car was going to be there for me and it was.”
As a result of the win, Bowen takes over sole possession of the point lead in the Southern Super Series as they head to Five Flags Speedway (FL) and Mobile International Speedway (AL) in two weeks.
“We’ve been on top of the points already this year,” said Bowen. “Now we just need to work on keeping it.”
Prior to his win on Saturday, Bowen’s race weekend began with a start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday afternoon. The result, a 17th-place finish, was not what he and his No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports team were hoping for going in. Bowen and the team will look to improve the car for their next K&N Pro Series East start at Iowa Speedway on August 1.
“To rebound from New Hampshire was big,” said Bowen. “We had a new car there and it just was not our best effort. To come home and get right back up on the wheel was nice and we’ll look to improve on our next K&N start.”
Bowen’s next start will come on Saturday, July 19th at Berlin Raceway (MI) in the prestigious Battle at Berlin 251, where he hopes to rebound in this race after finishing 21st just one year ago.
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