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      Alex Bowman scores first career Cup Series victory

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      Alex Bowman took over the lead with six laps remaining and held on at Chicagoland Speedway to earn his first career Monster Energy Cup Series victory. 

      Bowman led 88 laps in his No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet and held off Kyle Larson late to reach victory lane.

      “It’s all I wanted my whole life,” Bowman said in an emotional interview after the race. “I feel like this is a lot of validation for a lot of people that said we couldn’t do this … This is all I’ve ever wanted.”

      Bowman came close to winning in three straight races earlier this year, finishing runner-up in back-to-back-to-back outings. 

      “I was just tired of running second,” Bowman added. “I don’t want to do that anymore. I feel like this is the last box — aside from going and chasing the championship — that I needed personally for myself to validate my career. … Everybody can stop giving me crap. We finally did it.”

      Bowman received congratulatory messages from a pair of legendary drivers for his accomplishment.