Alex Bowman

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Alex Bowman
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Born (1993-04-25) April 25, 1993 (age 24)
Tucson, Arizona
Awards 2011 K&N Pro Series East Rookie of the Year
2012 ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
81 races run over 3 years
Car no., team No. 88 (Hendrick Motorsports)
2016 position 52nd
Best finish 33rd (2015)
First race 2014 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Last race 2016 Ford EcoBoost 400 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 3 1
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
52 races run over 6 years
2016 position 25th
Best finish 11th (2013)
First race 2012 Dollar General 300 (Chicagoland)
Last race 2017 Ticket Galaxy 200 (Phoenix)
First win 2017 Drive for the Cure 300 (Charlotte)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 15 3
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
2 races run over 2 years
2015 position 95th
Best finish 95th (2015)
First race 2015 Careers for Veterans 200 (Michigan)
Last race 2017 Active Pest Control 200 (Atlanta)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
Statistics current as of October 11, 2017.

Alex Michael Bowman (born April 25, 1993) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently drives the No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports He has competed in the ARCA Racing Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series, finishing 11th in the latter series' 2013 standings.

Racing career[edit]

Bowman's 2010 Pro Cup car
Bowman's 2013 Nationwide Series car

Beginnings[edit]

A native of Tucson, Arizona, Bowman started his racing career on short tracks in Arizona and California in 2000 at the age of 7,[1] driving quarter midget cars in United States Auto Club (USAC) competition. By 2006, he had won nine national championships and 165 feature wins.[2]

Midget Racing[edit]

In 2008, he won the USAC National Focus Midget championship with 11 wins, as well as the California Dirt Focus Midget championship.[3] In 2009, he was named USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year. In February 2010, Bowman was injured in an accident during a USAC race, suffering a fractured clavicle and rib.[4] Bowman continues to field a midget in select races, competing himself at the 2016 Chili Bowl and fielding a car for driver Ryan Smith in 2017.

K&N Pro Series[edit]

In 2010, at the age of 17, he moved to full-bodied stock car racing, making two Rev-Oil Pro Cup starts and a late model start.[5] Bowman moved to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with X Team Racing for 2011.[5] Bowman finished sixth in series points, winning Rookie of the Year.[6]

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

Bowman also competed in two ARCA Racing Series events during 2011 for Venturini Motorsports, at Madison International Speedway and Kansas Speedway, winning both events.[7]

He moved full-time to ARCA for 2012 for Cunningham Motorsports as a development driver for Penske Racing,[1] winning races at Salem Speedway, Winchester Speedway, Iowa Speedway, and Kansas Speedway over the course of the year.[8] Alex also won the pole for the inaugural Arca Mobile 200 at Mobile International Speedway in Mobile Alabama 3/11/2012

Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series[edit]

Also in 2012, Bowman made his debut at the national level of NASCAR competition, driving for Turner Motorsports in the Nationwide Series at Chicagoland Speedway.[9] He finished 17th in his debut race;[10] he also drove for RAB Racing in the Nationwide Series at Kentucky Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway,[11] and for Turner at Dover International Speedway, towards the end of 2012.[12]

In January 2013, it was announced that Bowman would be running the full Nationwide Series season for RAB in 2013, competing for Rookie of the Year honors.[13] He would win his first career Nationwide pole at the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas.[14] Bowman would win another pole at Texas later in the season, but was released by the team prior to the season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.[15] Bowman ended the season with six top-tens in 32 starts.[16]

Bowman returned to the Nationwide Series in 2014, driving the No. 80 for Hattori Racing Enterprises at Dover,[17] while driving the No. 5 JR Motorsports Chevy at Charlotte[18] and Phoenix.[19]

During the 2015 season, Bowman made starts in the Xfinity (formerly Nationwide) Series with Athenian Motorsports and a Camping World Truck Series race with JRM.

On November 11, Bowman joined JRM for nine races in the No. 88 for the 2016 Xfinity season.[20] He won a pole at Michigan and finished in the top-ten in all but two races.[21] Despite the success, Bowman struggled to find sponsorship that would grant him the opportunity to race full-time for JRM.[22]

In 2017, Bowman joined GMS Racing to run the Truck Series race at Atlanta in the No. 24 as a fill-in driver for Justin Haley, who was too young to race at the track.[23] In October and November, Bowman drove the No. 42 Xfinity car of Chip Ganassi Racing at Charlotte and Phoenix.[24] At Charlotte, Bowman dominated the final portion of the race following a late restart to win his first NASCAR national series race.[25]

Cup Series[edit]

In January 2014, Bowman tested for BK Racing as part of Preseason Thunder before the 2014 Daytona 500 in the No. 83.[26] On January 20, the team announced his hiring for the No. 23 car for 2014, running the full 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season for Rookie of the Year.[27] During the season, the success of Josh Wise's Dogecoin-sponsored car prompted a sponsorship effort[28] to fund a bitcoin-sponsored car at Atlanta for Bowman with a goal of raising $100,000.[29] The goal was subsequently dropped to $25,000,[30] but failed to raise enough funding.[31]

On January 30, 2015, it was announced that Bowman would drive the full 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season in the No. 7 car for Tommy Baldwin Racing. He failed to qualify for the Daytona 500 after he was caught up in a multi-car wreck in his duel race. At New Hampshire his car erupted in flames after rubber from a blown tire got into the engine. He was able to return to the track.[32] On January 21, 2016, Bowman parted ways with Tommy Baldwin Racing, losing his Sprint Cup ride.[33]

Bowman returned to the Cup Series at Loudon in the New Hampshire 301, driving the No. 88 for Hendrick Motorsports as an interim driver for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who would miss the remainder of the 2016 season because of concussion issues.[34] Despite running in the top ten, including as high as eighth, Bowman blew a tire and hit the wall in turn one on lap 272, relegating him to a 26th-place finish.[35]

Bowman and Jeff Gordon would alternate the No. 88 car for the balance of the 2016 season. Bowman won his first career pole at Phoenix.[36] The Phoenix event turned out to be his best race of his career. Bowman led the most laps with 197 and tried to make what would have been the winning pass on Matt Kenseth with 6 laps to go. While passing Kenseth, Bowman got tapped from behind by Kyle Busch, spinning Kenseth out; Bowman recovered to finish 6th.[37] In December 2016, Rick Hendrick announced that Bowman would run the No. 88 in place of Earnhardt for the 2017 Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona; while Earnhardt was also eligible for the event, he elected to allow Bowman drive the car out of appreciation for substituting in 2016.[38] Bowman finished third after losing out in a side-by-side battle for second with Kyle Busch.[39] When Earnhardt announced his retirement in the spring, he expressed support for Bowman to replace him in the No. 88 for the 2018 season.[40] On July 20, Hendrick Motorsports formally named Bowman as the driver of the No. 88 car in 2018.[41]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 NSCC Pts
2014 BK Racing 23 Toyota DAY
23
PHO
41
LVS
37
BRI
32
CAL
22
MAR
36
TEX
32
DAR
29
RCH
28
TAL
28
KAN
35
CLT
33
DOV
40
POC
31
MCH
40
SON
29
KEN
36
DAY
13
NHA
31
IND
40
POC
31
GLN
36
MCH
26
BRI
32
ATL
35
RCH
38
CHI
35
NHA
28
DOV
34
KAN
32
CLT
30
TAL
43
MAR
29
TEX
42
PHO
32
HOM
33
35th 412
2015 Tommy Baldwin Racing 7 Chevy DAY
DNQ
ATL
23
LVS
43
PHO
30
CAL
33
MAR
37
TEX
33
BRI
20
RCH
32
TAL
16
KAN
43
CLT
26
DOV
20
POC
26
MCH
41
SON
31
DAY
24
KEN
31
NHA
42
IND
43
POC
25
GLN
29
MCH
31
BRI
32
DAR
24
RCH
37
CHI
37
NHA
42
DOV
32
CLT
32
KAN
31
TAL
33
MAR
22
TEX
41
PHO
38
HOM
26
33rd 437
2016 Hendrick Motorsports 88 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL KAN DOV CLT POC MCH SON DAY KEN NHA
26
IND POC GLN BRI MCH
30
DAR RCH CHI
10
NHA
14
DOV CLT
39
KAN
7
TAL
36
MAR TEX
13
PHO
6*
HOM
16
52nd 01
Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2014 BK Racing Toyota 29 23
2015 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet DNQ

Xfinity Series[edit]

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts
2012 Turner Motorsports 30 Chevy DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX RCH TAL DAR IOW CLT DOV MCH ROA KEN DAY NHA CHI IND IOW GLN CGV BRI ATL RCH CHI
17
DOV
19
CLT KAN TEX 46th 45
RAB Racing 99 Toyota KEN
25
PHO
15
HOM
2013 DAY
3
PHO
31
LVS
8
BRI
14
CAL
12
TEX
14
RCH
27
TAL
13
DAR
17
CLT
20
DOV
17
IOW
22
MCH
14
ROA
24
KEN
10
DAY
20
NHA
10
CHI
31
IND
15
IOW
7
GLN
13
MOH
11
BRI
33
ATL
34
RCH
15
CHI
11
KEN
5
DOV
18
KAN
11
CLT
18
TEX
18
PHO
11
HOM 11th 884
2014 Hattori Racing Enterprises 80 Toyota DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX DAR RCH TAL IOW CLT DOV MCH ROA KEN DAY NHA CHI IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ATL RCH CHI KEN DOV
19
KAN 97th 01
JR Motorsports 5 Chevy CLT
12
TEX PHO
17
HOM
2015 Athenian Motorsports 25 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL IOW CLT DOV MCH
14
CHI DAY KEN NHA IND
17
IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM 101st 01
2016 JR Motorsports 88 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV
3
CLT POC
10
MCH
7
IOW
5
DAY KEN NHA
8
IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH
9
CHI KEN DOV
5
CLT KAN TEX PHO
38
HOM
14
25th 273
2017 Chip Ganassi Racing 42 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL CLT DOV POC MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT
1
KAN TEX PHO
8
HOM -* -*

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NCWTC Pts
2015 JR Motorsports 00 Chevy DAY ATL MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD POC MCH
11
BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 95th 01
2017 GMS Racing 24 Chevy DAY ATL
6
MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM -* 01*

K&N Pro Series East[edit]

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 KNPSE Pts Ref
2011 X Team Racing 16 Toyota GRE
3
SBO
8
RCH
5
BGS
12
6th 1642 [42]
76 IOW
27
Gaunt Brothers Racing 75 Toyota GRE
24
Robert Huffman 16 Toyota LGY
6
GRE
4
DOV
23
Kenneth Presnell 59 Toyota NHA
6
COL
2
NHA
12

K&N Pro Series West[edit]

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos. Pts Ref
2011 Robert Huffman 59 Toyota PHO AAS MMP IOW LVS SON IRW EVG PIR CNS
9
MRP SRP AAS 42nd 318 [43]
Venturini Motorsports 25 Toyota PHO
2

* Season still in progress.
1 Ineligible for series championship points.

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 ARSC Pts
2011 Venturini Motorsports 55 Toyota DAY TAL SLM TOL NJE CHI POC MCH WIN BLN IOW IRP POC ISF MAD
1
DSF SLM KAN
1
TOL 55th 445
2012 Cunningham Motorsports 22 Dodge DAY
30
MOB
3
SLM
1*
TAL
32
TOL
9
ELK
11
POC
3
MCH
2
WIN
1
NJE
13
IOW
1*
CHI
8
IRP
22
POC
3
BLN
13
ISF
2
MAD
2
SLM
5
DSF
C
KAN
1*
4th 4725

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