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DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 11: Alex Bowman, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, drives during the NASCAR Cup Series Bluegreen Vacations Duel #1 at Daytona International Speedway on February 11, 2021 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) | Getty Images
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 11: Alex Bowman, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, drives during the NASCAR Cup Series Bluegreen Vacations Duel #1 at Daytona International Speedway on February 11, 2021 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Alex Bowman has potential engine issue in first Bluegreen Vacations Duel race

Alex Bowman finished the Bluegreen Vacations Duel 1 for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway in 20th Thursday night, 4 laps down.

He complained of a vibration in the car that the team could not diagnose during the race.  Afterward, he and his crew chief Greg Ives commented:

ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 48 ALLY CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 20th

“Definitely a bummer there. We had something going on and a big vibration with the car. We had some radio issues and couldn’t hear anyone. We have a clean racecar for Sunday and have time to diagnosis that vibration. There is definitely something going on, but it looks like the engine is good which is the important thing. The Hendrick Motorsports engine shop does a great job with our engines and that thing is totally fine. We just have something going on that is shaking the car, so we just have to figure that out.”

GREG IVES, CREW CHIEF FOR THE NO. 48 ALLY CAMARO ZL1 1LE

“Obviously, we were trying to run as hard as we could there at the beginning of the race. We wanted to try to stay in the draft and understand what the handling was. He felt it handled fine and then went towards the back of the pack. Alex (Bowman) felt and heard something in the engine which turned into a vibration in the chassis. Being a non-points race and being locked in, it allowed us to do some things that would make us a few laps down. We talked through engine diagnostics and sent some guys over pit wall who don’t normally go over the wall. Our Ally Racing team was able to go through some tire sets to make sure it wasn’t that. There were a lot of things you always think you are going to be prepared for until you actually go through them. I feel like we did a good job understanding it and hopefully we are able to diagnose it and make sure everything is good.”

— Team Chevy —