Alex Bowman
Alex Bowman
Hendrick Motorsports
Hendrick Motorsports
2018 Fantasy Outlook
With the retirement of Dale Earnhardt Jr. it will be a new day at Hendrick Motorsports. In the void of the iconic driver a new face will be in the popular No. 88 Chevrolet this season. Bowman steps up from Hendrick's test driver role and into real racing and competition. He spent much of last year testing, but did manage a couple Xfinity Series starts with a surprising victory at Charlotte. Bowman impressed in his relief starts for Earnhardt in 2016. He bagged three Top-10 finishes in just 10 starts and showed good utility and talent racing in relief. Now that the No. 88 car belongs to him, he'll be paired with crew chief Greg Ives. The same dynamite sponsorship package that Earnhardt enjoyed will return and support Bowman. It's a situation set up for success. His 81 starts of experience will begin to pay dividends, and we would not be surprised to see Bowman break the 12 Top-10 finish plateau. Read Past Outlooks
Claims Outside Pole for Daytona 500
NASCAR Cup
February 10, 2019
Bowman won the outside pole for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway Sunday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 194.154 mph.
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Bowman made it a front row sweep for Hendrick Motorsports in Sunday's Daytona 500 pole qualifying. The No. 88 Chevrolet was just a tick slower than William Byron's No. 24 machine, and would take the outside pole position for next Sunday's Great American Race. Bowman and Byron's combined age is just 46-years, so they are the youngest front row in Daytona 500 history. The driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet is looking forward to a big season in 2019.
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The young JR Motorsports driver made great use of his part-time schedule in NASCAR's top division last season. Bowman made 10 starts in relief of medically-sidelined Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Chevrolet. In those efforts he claimed his first-career pole position (Phoenix), his first Top-10 finishes (Chicago, Kansas and Phoenix) and actually dropped jaws wide open with his dominating 194-laps led from the pole performance at Phoenix late last season. Bowman also made some part-time starts for JR Motorsports' Xfinity Series team, claiming seven Top-10 finishes in just nine starts. While the only Monster Energy Cup Series plans to this point is for Bowman to race one of the Hendrick cars in the season-opening Clash at Daytona exhibition race, there are no current plans for him to compete at NASCAR's top level. Although he is a young face to watch closely as a door could open any day for this talented youngster.
This team was one of the more successful multi-driver lineups in the Xfinity Series last year. Harvick grabbed two wins for the team, and the other drivers all combined to nab 19 Top-10 finishes in the No. 88 Chevrolet last season. The lineup and starts should remain much the same in 2016, but gone is Ben Rhodes and Josh Berry, and in are Bowman and Elliott. The strong only get stronger in this sense. With this driver lineup of experience and youthful skill, we expect more wins in the upcoming season and more Top 10’s. Earnhardt failed to reach victory lane in his four starts last year, and that should certainly change this year. Bowman should make 9 starts for this team this season.
Signed with RAB Racing in January 2013 to drive the No. 99 Toyota and race for the Rookie of the Year in the Nationwide Series. Bowman was the 2012 Rookie of the Year in the ARCA Series after four victories and a fourth-place finish in the standings of that series.
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Poor Finish at Talladega
NASCAR Cup
October 14, 2018
Bowman crashed late in the 1000Bulbs.com 500 and eventually finished 33rd at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday afternoon.
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Top-5 Finish at Charlotte
NASCAR Cup
September 30, 2018
Bowman finished fourth in the Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Eighth at Bristol
NASCAR Cup
August 20, 2018
Chase Elliott led the way for the organization and led the entire field on more than one occasion before taking the checkered flag third. Bowman and Jimmie Johnson were the next teammates to the checkered flag, crossing the finish line back-to-back in eighth and ninth, respectively, hendrickmotorsports.com reports.
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Contract and Sponsor Extension
NASCAR Cup
August 2, 2018
Nationwide has extended its relationship with 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports with a new two-year agreement that will increase its majority sponsorship of Bowman and the No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team to 20 races per season beginning in 2019, Hendrick Motorsports PR reports.
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Third at Pocono Raceway
NASCAR Cup
July 29, 2018
Bowman finished third in the Gander Outdoors 400 at Pocono Raceway Sunday afternoon.
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