By Steve Luvender | Friday, October 9, 2020
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Welcome to the GIF Playoffs! Throughout the real NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, we're awarding points to playoff contenders who have a GIF in our archive matching a different weekly category. This week, in honor of the exciting news that Alex Bowman is taking over the No. 48 car from a retiring Jimmie Johnson in 2021, it's the Round of Bowman -- our favorite GIFs starring future Driver No. 48.
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1 point: Yeah, it's the Round of Bowman. Are you surprised?
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2 points: Out of the way, Austin Dillon! Alex Bowman's coming through.
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3 points: Neat, it's Alex Bowman! He's so fly.
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4 points: Points for Kyle Busch, discussing the weather with Alex Bowman.
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5 points: AL-EX BOW-MAN! (Clap, clap! clap-clap-clap!)
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6 points: Heck of a save by Ryan Blaney -- but you'd best stay out of the way when Alex Bowman's on the move.
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7 points: Air-lex Bowman.
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8 points: Hey! Easy, Chase Elliott! Alex Bowman's your teammate. He must be protected.
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9 points: While passing Alex Bowman isn't exactly in the spirit of this round of the GIF Playoffs, Martin Truex Jr.'s three-wide dive to the inside is pretty darn good.
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10 points: There's nothing like saying hello to teammate William Byron with a cold-drink shower.
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11 points: A passive-aggressive pit-road stop? Nah, Aric Almirola just stopped to say hello to Alex Bowman. Yeah, that's it.
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12 points: And, of course, this week's GIF Playoffs winner, and one of our favorite GIFs ever: Alex Bowman, reacting to a series of events that occurred after his car caught on fire. Congratulations, Alex. You've done it -- and you've added 28 points to your total.
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-5 points: In the GIF Playoffs, one driver can earn negative points each week if he's done something against the spirit of the week's theme. This week, that's Denny Hamlin, who's pictured here taking out Alex Bowman earlier this year at Texas. Sure, Denny didn't mean it, but we're docking points anyway. It's a tough game.
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Well, that's it. The fifth round of the GIF Playoffs is in the books. Here are the current standings after Round 5, the Round of Bowman.