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Alex Bowman

Team: Hendrick Motorsports-88
Age / DOB:  (24) / 4/25/1993

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One year after his impressive debut with Hendrick Motorsports, the team has named Alex Bowman full-time driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Cup Series with a 19-race majority sponsorship from Nationwide beginning in 2018.
Bowman, 24, piloted the No. 88 Chevrolet SS in 10 of the final 18 Cup races last season in place of injured driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. The Tucson, Arizona, native debuted July 17, 2016, at New Hampshire and went on to earn three top-10 finishes with the team including a sixth-place result at Phoenix, where he won the pole position and led a race-high 194 laps. Nationwide’s 19 primary races with Bowman and the team in 2018 will include the season-opening Daytona 500.-Hendrick Motorsports Jul 20 - 11:52 AM

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Justin Haley, too young to compete in the first two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) events of the year, worked alongside his crew for the season-opener at Daytona. He will be back on the box again next week in Atlanta while Alex Bowman wheels the No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet Silverado.

Bowman will fill-in as the last stand-in driver before Haley makes his first start at Martinsville. Bowman will compete as a NCWTS driver for the first time since 2015. Unsure of what the rest of the 2017 season holds, Bowman looks to capitalize on the opportunity at hand, while also helping a young driver and team build for the future.-GMS Racing
Feb 28 - 10:51 AM

Alex Bowman avoided the last-lap melee triggered by a Brad Keselowski / Denny Hamlin crash and finished third in the Advance Auto Parts Clash.

Bowman was solidly in second until Kyle Busch banged into his side and stalled his momentum a few hundred yards from the end. Bowman does not have any firm plans for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2017 and this was an opportunity to showcase his talent.
Feb 19 - 1:03 PM

Alex Bowman posted the fastest time among Chevrolet drivers in final practice for the Advance Auto Parts Clash with a speed of 194.658 mph

Bowman was alone among the Hendrick Motorsports drivers, but the group all seemed to be working on something different. Bowman needs to make a name for himself since he will turn this ride back over to Dale Earnhardt Jr. at the end of Saturday night and that desperation might not be a good thing.
Feb 17 - 7:36 PM

Alex Bowman made 10 starts in 2016 for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr. and managed to score three top-10s and two more top-15s in the process.

Bowman also narrowly missed the top 15 with a 16th at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the finale. He was a great way to extend one’s salary cap most weekends, but lacked the consistency to anchor many rosters. He enters 2017 without a fulltime Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ride.
Jan 2 - 1:39 PM

Alex Bowman will race the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS in the Feb. 18 season-opening, non-points The Clash at Daytona International Speedway, which will feature pole position winners from the previous year.

Bowman won the No. 88 team’s lone 2016 pole at Phoenix in November. "Alex did such a great job in the car this year, and I felt like he deserved another opportunity," Dale Earnhardt Jr. said. "When I spoke with Rick (Hendrick) and the team about him driving The Clash, everyone agreed that he more than earned it, and Nationwide was 100-percent on board. I’m really grateful to him and Jeff (Gordon) for what they did (subbing for Earnhardt) for our team, and I’m glad Alex is getting another run with us."-Hendrick Motorsports
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 10:17:00 AM

Alex Bowman will make his 50th career NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) start this weekend in the No. 88 Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet.

Saturday’s race will mark Bowman’s first NXS start at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Arizona native has two previous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the 1.5-mile speedway. The No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet has 10 starts on tracks measuring 1.5-miles in length this season, where the team earned seven top-10 finishes and an average finish of 13.7.-JR Motorsports
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 11:26:00 PM

Alex Bowman won his first career pole prior to the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway and led the most laps, but a late-race incident cost him a shot at Victory Lane; he finished 6th

Bowman had the type of run he needs in order to catch the eye of an owner for the 2017 season; he is without a ride once Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns to the cockpit for Daytona. While he has shown speed, he lacks consistency and that could limit his appeal for a team looking to build a program versus one that already has fast cars. Bowman led 194 of the 312 laps on Sunday.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 07:54:00 PM

In his 80th start, Alex Bowman earned the first pole of his career with a lap of 140.521 mph and will lead the Can-Am 500k field to the green on Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway.

This is only Bowman’s fourth top-10 start. All three previous high water marks came this year in the No. 88. Bowman sat on the outside pole for the Bank of America 500, but crashed and finished 39th. The next week, he fared better with a fifth-place start and seventh-place finish.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 07:43:00 PM

In addition to driving the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series Cup Can-Am 500(k) at Phoenix Int’l Raceway, Alex Bowman will be back behind the wheel of the JR Motorsports No. 88 Hughes General Contractors Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) Ticket Galaxy 200 on Saturday afternoon.

Phoenix serves as the Arizona native’s home track, where he has four previous NXS starts. His best start of fifth came in 2014 and he earned his best finish of 11th in 2013. This weekend marks Bowman’s eighth race for JR Motorsports in 2016, with his final race taking place in Homestead next week. He has captured three top-five and seven top-10 finishes this season.-JRM
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 02:21:00 PM

Alex Bowman scored the first top-10 for a relief driver of the No. 88 when he finished 10th at Chicagoland Speedway in September.

To put that into perspective: Jeff Gordon had already run six races in this car and failed to finish in the top 10. Bowman was making his third start in the No. 88. Bowman’s next outing on this track type ended with an accident, but he scored another top 10 at Kansas Speedway. Since breaking that barrier, Gordon has also gone on to score two top-10s giving this team four such results in their last seven starts.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 11:46:00 AM

Alex Bowman finished seventh in the Hollywood Casino 400 after rolling off the grid fifth.

This was Bowman’s career-best finish and only the second time he has scored a top-10. His first top-10 finish came three starts ago at Chicagoland Speedway when he advanced from 17th to 10th on another similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track. Bowman’s day was not without drama, however. He slapped the wall trying to make a three-wide pass on the high side and lost a lap 90 circuits into the 267-lap show. The team affected fast repairs and kept him in contention.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 07:24:00 PM

Alex Bowman posted the fastest lap in the first practice session for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway among non-Chasers at 194.070 mph.

Bowman scored the first top-10 for the No. 88 after Dale Earnhardt Jr. was forced to the sidelines for a concussion a few weeks ago at Chicagoland Speedway. Speed has not been his problem this season, but he has struggled to finish races with a variety of issues. There is no logical reason to sideline him this weekend, but it is difficult to recommend taking a risk on this driver.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 05:34:00 PM

Alex Bowman came within .004 seconds of the top spot in the final round of qualification at Charlotte Motor Speedway and will line up on the outside of the front row alongside Kevin Harvick.

Bowman showed consistent speed throughout Thursday’s sessions. He was among the fastest in practice, had the fastest lap in the second qualification session, and continued to pick up speed. He will probably drop back a position or two and cost some place-differential points, but he is a solid choice nonetheless.
Thu, Oct 6, 2016 08:36:00 PM

Alex Bowman (No. 88 Jack Link's Chevrolet Camaro) finished 5th in Sunday's NASCAR XFINITY Series Drive Sober 200 at Delaware's Dover Int’l Speedway.

He started 4th on the grid and completed all of the 200 laps run. Bowman, who competed in 7 of the 28 NXS races so far this season, is currently 26th in the 2016 championship standings after this event.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 09:40:00 PM