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NASCAR Cup driver points, results at Chicago: Alex Bowman locks into playoffs

Highlight: NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicago
Watch the best moments from the NASCAR Cup Series Grant Park 165 at Chicago Street Course, a chaotic and lengthy rain-soaked race.

Alex Bowman became the 12th driver to lock into the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs with a victory, winning the second annual Chicago Street Race to end an 80-race winless streak.

Tyler Reddick finished second, followed by Ty Gibbs, Joey Hand and Michael McDowell.

Bowman scored his eighth career win in his 309th start and his first since March 6, 2022 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He had entered the race on the 16-driver playoff cutline bubble, 51 points ahead of Bubba Wallace.

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Bowman, who led the final eight laps, became the second driver in Cup Series history to finish last in a track’s inaugural race and then win the second edition (Chase Elliott at Nashville Superspeedway in 2021-22).

He also became the sixth driver this season to end a winless streak of at least 40 races.

Chris Buescher now is on the playoff bubble, 45 points ahead of Wallace in 15th.

The next two drivers behind Wallace in the standings and outside the playoffs are Chase Briscoe and Kyle Busch.

Playoff-bound Bowman ready to celebrate Cup win
Alex Bowman reacts to his NASCAR Cup Series Grant Park 165 win at Chicago Street Course.