Kyle Busch was only three laps away from victory on Sunday in Las Vegas when a late caution and overtime restart led to the checkered flag slipping out of his hands and into Alex Bowman’s. As he settled for a fourth-place finish, Busch momentarily let his frustration — specifically about Bowman winning a race he likely shouldn’t have — slip over his team’s radio.
“The same f—ing guy who backs into every f—ing win that he ever f—ing gets backs into another f—ing win. Bulls—!”, Busch exclaimed.
With a two-tire strategy on his final pitstop propelling him to Victory Lane, Bowman “backed into” his first win of the 2022 season and the seventh of his Cup career. Now, he’s lampooning Busch’s rant in his newest shirt as he continues what has become a trend following his wins.
On Monday, Alex Bowman’s official website began taking pre-orders for a new shirt featuring Bowman’s name on the famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign, but with the caption “All Luck, No Skill.” The back collar also features the phrase “Backing into wins” in small print.
As a nod to Busch, 18 percent of the proceeds from shirt sales will go to local animal shelters.
Bowman’s new shirt is the latest addition to his clothing line, which has proven to be equal parts humorous and self-deprecating following his victories. After winning at Richmond last spring, Bowman released a “Nobody Likes Us Anyway” shirt based on a comment he made when crew chief Greg Ives ribbed him over a lackluster burnout.
Later, Bowman released a “Hack” shirt after winning Martinsville, alluding to comments made by Denny Hamlin about Bowman after the two tangled racing for the win.
The proceeds from shirt sales have made a difference not only for animal shelters — a cause important to Bowman — but also for his crew members on the No. 48 team. In a Twitter post on Monday night, Ives shared that Bowman used the sales from the “Hack” shirt to purchase 22 Martinsville Speedway clocks for his race team.
For what it’s worth, Kyle Busch has also paid the piper for his expletive-laden outburst: shirts at Busch’s official store are now 48 percent off.