#TheWatch has finally come to an end. There was a period of time when it looked like Matt Bowling wouldn’t be able to hold off a hard-charging Keith Rocco. Then there became a time when Ty Majeski came out of nowhere and looked to be in a position to steal the show. But in the end, Bowling was able to hold on to unofficially clinch his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship on the final night.
Bowling’s competitors needed to win both of their races this weekend and have Bowling fail to win either of his two races in order to have a shot at the championship.
Rocco and Majeski both got their wish as Bowling did not win either of his two 75-lap features at South Boston Speedway (VA) on Saturday night. Bowling finished third in the first race and blew an engine early in the second race.
However, Rocco and Majeski only won one of their respective two races. Rocco failed to win on Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT), but won on Saturday at New London-Waterford Speedbowl (CT). Majeski finished fourth in the first of two features at Elko Speedway (MN) and won the second on Saturday night.
“I don’t even know what to say,” Bowling said on Saturday at South Boston. “We’ve led this thing all year, so to be able to bring it home is awesome. We put in the effort all year long. We won when we needed to win. I can’t believe we were able to pull it off. This is just an unbelievable feeling.”
While the celebrations still took place late Saturday night at South Boston, Bowling’s championship is still unofficial. The championship won’t officially belong to Bowling until Tuesday when Bowling’s phone lights up with a call from NASCAR President Mike Helton.
“We just knew that we had to win,” Bowling said. “Every time they’d win and put the pressure on us we knew we just had to go out there and perform. My guys never gave up. If we were off a little bit we’d still find a way to get to victory lane, and that’s what it takes to get a national championship.”
NASCAR is expected to release their final NASCAR Whelen All-American Series points standings later this week.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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