Alex Bowman throws shade at Kyle Busch with new t-shirt
When Alex Bowman won the NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 6, Kyle Busch made very angry comments over the radio. Now the #48 Ally Racing Chevrolet Camaro driver has turned the comments into a new t-shirt.
Bowman turned heads on March 7 with the new design, which is in keeping with the Las Vegas theme. The front features a recreation of the iconic sign with new text. “Alex Bowman. Any luck. No Skill” takes pride of place as the dice with the Alex Bowman Racing logo roll below. The back of the shirt features the text “backing into wins” as a direct reference to Busch’s comments.
“The same fucking guy that backs every fucking win he ever fucking wins, is coming back in another fucking win. *** bulls!” Busch said on his radio March 6 after crossing the finish line, transcript courtesy of Jordan Bianchi of The Athletic.
Like previous t-shirt designs, a portion of the proceeds will go to support animal shelters. Bowman picked the 18% amount, which coincides with the number on Busch’s Toyota Camry TRD side.
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These “driver inspired” shirts first appeared in 2021
There were several moments during the 2021 season that inspired new t-shirts from the Bowman store. The first was on the trip to Richmond Raceway on April 18, 2021. No. 48 fell to the back of the field on the final stage of the Toyota Owners 400 due to an uncontrolled tire penalty, but Bowman took makes its way. the field with one of the fastest cars on the track.
Bowman spotter Kevin Hamlin joked on the radio that nobody likes him on the spotter stand, prompting a laughing response from the Cup Series driver. “Ha! Nobody likes me here,” Bowman said as he walked across the field.
The jokes didn’t end with this one conversation. Hamlin also poked fun at Bowman’s victory exhaustion after passing Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano for the win. “Moving on. Nobody likes us anyway,” Bowman said in response.
These two interactions ultimately inspired the creation of the “Nobody Likes Us Anyway” product line. However, another moment on the track on October 31, 2021 inspired a second t-shirt.
Following a contact at Martinsville Speedway that sent the No. 11 into a spin and out of the race for the win, Denny made some strong comments about Bowman. “It’s just a hack, an absolute hack,” Driver Joe Gibbs Racing said after the race at NBC Sports. “He gets his ass kicked by his teammates every week. He’s just f****** terrible. He’s just terrible, and he sees this opportunity and he takes it. He has the fastest car every week and he runs 10th.
Bowman heard the feedback and used it to create the “Hack” t-shirt which featured his autograph and the ABR logo. He sold them at the end of the season and donated part of the profits to animal shelters.
New shirt designs are a change for Bowman
With Bowman releasing a new shirt based on angry comments, he continues to show change in his career. He used to avoid certain situations, but now he accepts angry comments from his fellow drivers. The reason, as he explained, is that his senior partner showed his unwavering support when he took over the #48 Chevrolet.
“Yeah, I’d say I’m still pretty shy,” Bowman told Heavy when meeting before the trip to Las Vegas. “But I think the most important thing is just to have a partner that allows me to be myself. Ally really embraced me for who I am and kind of let me be myself.
“They don’t ask me to be someone else or to do things that I’m very uncomfortable with or to stop me from doing everything I want to do. It’s really great to work with them.
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