This weekend marks Alex Bowman’s (#88 Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro) first race with JR Motorsports (JRM) this season.
It was announced today that NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, Alex Bowman, will not return to Tommy Baldwin Racing in 2016.
Major changes to the lineup of Tommy Baldwin Racing are in the offing, according to a press release from the team.
In back-to-back announcements, Toy State has said they have become an official licensee of NASCAR and they have renewed their sponsorship deal with Tommy Baldwin Racing and Alex Bowman for 10 races in 2016, according to NBC’s Jerry Bonkowski.
Alex Bowman made every NASCAR race of 2015 with one exception and he qualified on time in 21 of 36 races—which equated to 58 percent of the time. The single race he failed to make was the Daytona 500 when he was unable to finish well enough in his qualification race to advance.
Alex Bowman (#7 Nikko RC/Toy State Chevrolet SS) finished 26th in the November 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Alex Bowman has hovered around the 30th-place mark in his past two Phoenix International Raceway races. He was 32nd last fall and 30th this spring.
Alex Bowman, the 22-year-old racer from Tucson, Ariz., will drive nine NASCAR XFINITY Series races for JR Motorsports in the No. 88 Chevrolet next season.
Alex Bowman has been running at the end of all three of his previous Martinsville Speedway attempts. His best effort ended in a 29th last fall—10 laps off the pace.
Alex Bowman has made six starts on the restrictor-plate, superspeedways of Talladega SuperSpeedway and Daytona International Speedway; he has sustained crash damage in four of those races.
In three starts at Dover International Speedway, Alex Bowman has gotten progressively stronger and not by a small margin. He finished 40th after getting involved in an accident in June 2014, improved to 34th that fall, and was 20th this May.
If this year’s previous attempts on short, flat tracks are an indication, Alex Bowman will struggle to finish in the top 30. In five previous events his best result was a 30th at Phoenix International Raceway in the CampingWorld.com 500 and that was his only result in that range.
Last year Alex Bowman finished 35th in the MyAFibStory.com 400 after starting 37th. This year he should be able to finish a little better and that could make him a good—or at least consistent—value at Chicagoland Speedway.
Alex Bowman will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut in the No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet this weekend at Michigan International Speedway.