Mexico’s Addison Bowman one of top-six qualifiers at time trials
OSWEGO — Kevin Root was one of the final cars to take a qualifying field time for the DIRTcar Sportsman Chevy Performance 75 on Sunday, and he took the pole away from Robert Delormier in the final time trial session Friday at Oswego Speedway.
Root, the current DIRTcar Sportsman Series point leader, out-qualified 102 other cars for Sunday’s event.
Root was clocked at 22.457, while Delormier stopped the timer at 22.49 to sit outside of the front row.
“It’s a big relief, a huge load off our shoulders and lets us relax until Sunday,” Root said.
Delormier reflected on his time saying, “It’s a relief for sure and now we don’t need to race (Friday). I was worried since the track took off some rubber and we weren’t the last car out and the last car always gets the most rubber.”
The surprise of the top-six qualifying was Mexico’s Addison Bowman as he was knocked off the outside of the front row at the very last moment by Root.
Bowman clocked in at 22.619 and will be joined by Jamie Begor (22.635) in the second row. Completing the first three rows are Moise Page (22.655) and Adam McAullifffe (22.656).
“I really don’t have words to describe how I feel right now,” Bowman said as he shocked the Sportsman field in qualifying for the Chevy Performance 75.
Bowman’s time stood for a long stretch.
“I was sitting there and saw my number on the board,” he said. “I was nervous if I could even make the top six. I then realized that only Kevin Root and Matt Janczuk were left and I knew I was in.
“It is incredible. Our goal was to make this race and maybe do well. I never thought this would happen in my first full year of racing Sportsman. In fact, I didn’t know if this would ever happen. My goal was to make this race and it is so cool to be here.
“I really have to thank my crew guys and Joe Domicolo for what he does. He was here until late last night getting tires ready for today.”
Bowman was a regular at Fulton Speedway this year where his best finish was third place. He has shown continued improvement.
“We’ve had our share of setbacks and that is what makes this more incredible,” Bowman said.
Bowman is a 17-year old senior at Mexico High School. He ran quarter midgets from 5-to-9 years old.
“I decided to ride horses and then began racing Sportsman last year (from there),” Bowman said.