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Alex Bowman

Alex Bowman American professional race car driver

American professional race car driver
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Intro American professional race car driver
Is Racecar driver
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 25 April 1993, Tucson, USA
Age: 27 years
Star sign TaurusTaurus
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Alexander Michael Bowman (born April 25, 1993) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE for Hendrick Motorsports. He owns Dirt Midget team Alex Bowman Racing.

Racing career

Bowman's 2010 Pro Cup car

Beginnings

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

Midget racing

In 2008, he won the USAC National Focus Midget championship with 11 wins, as well as the California Dirt Focus Midget championship. 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. 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

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. Bowman moved to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with X Team Racing for 2011. Bowman finished sixth in series points, winning Rookie of the Year. In 2018, Bowman made his return to the west series at Sonoma Raceway driving the No. 24 for Bill McAnally Racing.

ARCA Racing Series

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

He moved full-time to ARCA for 2012 for Cunningham Motorsports as a development driver for Penske Racing, winning races at Salem Speedway, Winchester Speedway, Iowa Speedway, and Kansas Speedway over the course of the year. He also won the pole for the inaugural ARCA Mobile 200 at Mobile International Speedway.

Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series

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. He finished 17th in his debut race; he also drove for RAB Racing in the Nationwide Series at Kentucky Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway, and for Turner at Dover International Speedway, towards the end of 2012.

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. He would win his first career Nationwide pole at the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas. 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. Bowman ended the season with six top-tens in 32 starts.

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

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. He won a pole at Michigan and finished in the top-ten in all but two races. Despite the success, Bowman struggled to find sponsorship that would grant him the opportunity to race full-time for JRM.

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. In October and November, Bowman drove the No. 42 Xfinity car of Chip Ganassi Racing at Charlotte and Phoenix. At Charlotte, Bowman dominated the final portion of the race following a late restart to win his first NASCAR national series race.

Cup Series

BK Racing (2014)

In January 2014, Bowman tested for BK Racing as part of Preseason Thunder before the 2014 Daytona 500 in the No. 83. 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.

Tommy Baldwin Racing (2015)

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. On the final lap, he blew a tire causing to smack the wall before the caution came out. On January 21, 2016, Bowman parted ways with Tommy Baldwin Racing, losing his Sprint Cup ride.

Hendrick Motorsports (2016–present)

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. 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.

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. In that race, 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 sixth. In December 2016, Rick Hendrick announced that Bowman would run the No. 88 in place of Earnhardt Jr. for the 2017 Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona; while Earnhardt Jr. was also eligible for the event, he elected to allow Bowman drive the car out of appreciation for substituting in 2016. Bowman finished third after losing out in a side-by-side battle for second with Kyle Busch. When Earnhardt Jr. announced his retirement in the spring, he expressed support for Bowman to replace him in the No. 88 for the 2018 season. On July 20, Hendrick Motorsports formally named Bowman as the driver of the No. 88 car in 2018.

Bowman opened up the 2018 season on February 11 by winning the pole for the 2018 Daytona 500. Despite being winless, he made his Playoff debut by staying consistent with two top-fives and nine top-10s. After the Charlotte Roval race, Bowman advanced to the Round of 12. Bowman was eliminated from the Round of 12 after the fall Kansas race and finished 16th in points.

The 2019 season saw improvement in Bowman's finishes, including three consecutive second-place finishes at Talladega, Dover, and Kansas. At Kansas, Bowman dominated later portion of the race but was passed by Brad Keselowski with eight laps to go and could not retake the lead. Bowman also made the starting grid of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race by winning the Fan Vote.

At the 2019 Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, Bowman again dominated the final stage of the race but was passed by Kyle Larson with 8 to go. However, unlike the race at Kansas, Bowman was able to pass Larson again with 6 to go and won his first Cup Series race. With the win, Bowman has finished in every possible position in a NASCAR Cup event. Bowman opened the first round of the playoffs with a solid 6th-place finish at Las Vegas, dismal 23rd-place at Richmond, and runner-up to Hendrick teammate Chase Elliott at the Charlotte Roval, which secured his advancement into the Round of 12. After the race, Bubba Wallace splashed water on Bowman's face in retaliation for spinning him out on lap 42. NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell said on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio that officials plan to have a conversation with Wallace about the altercation. On October 5, Wallace apologized to Jeff Gordon, AMR NASCAR Safety medical director Dr. Angela, Fiege, and Hendrick Motorsports executive Jeff Andrews for getting them splashed during the incident, but stated that he does not regret what he did to Bowman. At Talladega, Bowman was leading the pack in the closing laps of Stage 2 when he was punted from behind by Joey Logano, triggering The Big One. Bowman was eliminated in the Round of 12 after the Kansas race.

On March 1, 2020, Bowman got his second career NASCAR Cup Series win at Auto Club Speedway after leading 110 laps and winning stage 1. After a late pit-stop by 2nd place Ryan Blaney, Bowman beat Kyle Busch by a margin of 9 seconds.


Motorsports career results

NASCAR

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

Cup Series

NASCAR 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 NCSC Pts Ref
2014 BK Racing 23 Toyota DAY
PHO
LVS
BRI
CAL
MAR
TEX
DAR
RCH
TAL
KAN
CLT
DOV
POC
MCH
SON
KEN
DAY
NHA
IND
POC
GLN
MCH
BRI
ATL
RCH
CHI
NHA
DOV
KAN
CLT
TAL
MAR
TEX
PHO
HOM
35th 412
2015 Tommy Baldwin Racing 7 Chevy DAY
ATL
LVS
PHO
CAL
MAR
TEX
BRI
RCH
TAL
KAN
CLT
DOV
POC
MCH
SON
DAY
KEN
NHA
IND
POC
GLN
MCH
BRI
DAR
RCH
CHI
NHA
DOV
CLT
KAN
TAL
MAR
TEX
PHO
HOM
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
IND POC GLN BRI MCH
DAR RCH CHI
NHA
DOV CLT
KAN
TAL
MAR TEX
PHO
HOM
52nd 0
2018 Hendrick Motorsports 88 Chevy DAY
ATL
LVS
PHO
CAL
MAR
TEX
BRI
RCH
TAL
DOV
KAN
CLT
POC
MCH
SON
CHI
DAY
KEN
NHA
POC
GLN
MCH
BRI
DAR
IND
LVS
RCH
CLT
DOV
TAL
KAN
MAR
TEX
PHO
HOM
16th 2204
2019 DAY
ATL
LVS
PHO
CAL
MAR
TEX
BRI
RCH
TAL
DOV
KAN
CLT
POC
MCH
SON
CHI
DAY
KEN
NHA
POC
GLN
MCH
BRI
DAR
IND
LVS
RCH
CLT
DOV
TAL
KAN
MAR
TEX
PHO
HOM
12th 2257
2020 DAY
LVS
CAL
PHO ATL HOM TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV MAR CLT KAN MCH SON CHI POC POC IND KEN NHA MCH GLN DOV DAY DAR RCH BRI LVS TAL CLT KAN TEX MAR PHO -* -*
Daytona 500
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2014 BK Racing Toyota 29 23
2015 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet DNQ
2018 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1 17
2019 2 11
2020 2 24

Xfinity Series

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 Ref
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
DOV
CLT KAN TEX 46th 45
RAB Racing 99 Toyota KEN
PHO
HOM
2013 DAY
PHO
LVS
BRI
CAL
TEX
RCH
TAL
DAR
CLT
DOV
IOW
MCH
ROA
KEN
DAY
NHA
CHI
IND
IOW
GLN
MOH
BRI
ATL
RCH
CHI
KEN
DOV
KAN
CLT
TEX
PHO
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
KAN 97th 0
JR Motorsports 5 Chevy CLT
TEX PHO
HOM
2015 Athenian Motorsports 25 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL IOW CLT DOV MCH
CHI DAY KEN NHA IND
IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM 101st 0
2016 JR Motorsports 88 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV
CLT POC
MCH
IOW
DAY KEN NHA
IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH
CHI KEN DOV
CLT KAN TEX PHO
HOM
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
KAN TEX PHO
HOM 92nd 0
2018 GMS Racing 23 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC MCH
IOW CHI DAY KEN NHA IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV KAN TEX PHO HOM 104th 0

Camping World Truck Series

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 Ref
2015 JR Motorsports 00 Chevy DAY ATL MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD POC MCH
BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 95th 0
2017 GMS Racing 24 Chevy DAY ATL
MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 79th 0

K&N Pro Series East

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
SBO
RCH
BGS
LGY
GRE
DOV
6th 1642
76 IOW
Gaunt Brothers Racing 75 Toyota GRE
X Team Racing 59 Toyota NHA
COL
NHA

K&N Pro Series West

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 X Team Racing 59 Toyota PHO AAS MMP IOW LVS SON IRW EVG PIR CNS
MRP SRP AAS 42nd 318
Venturini Motorsports 25 Toyota PHO
2018 Bill McAnally Racing 24 Chevy KCR TUS TUS OSS CNS SON
DCS IOW EVG GTW LVS MER AAS KCR 61st 20

Season still in progress
Ineligible for series championship points

ARCA Racing Series

(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 Ref
2011 Venturini Motorsports 55 Toyota DAY TAL SLM TOL NJE CHI POC MCH WIN BLN IOW IRP POC ISF MAD
DSF SLM KAN
TOL 55th 445
2012 Cunningham Motorsports 22 Dodge DAY
MOB
SLM
TAL
TOL
ELK
POC
MCH
WIN
NJE
IOW
CHI
IRP
POC
BLN
ISF
MAD
SLM
DSF
KAN
4th 4725
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