Bowman to replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2018
By James Jackson
July 20, 2017
Alex Bowman will be back in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series as a full-time driver in 2018.
Hendrick Motorsports officials say Bowman has been named the driver to replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.
In a Hendrick Motorsports press release, Bowman talked about what it meant to him to be named the driver of No. 88.
“Ever since I was a kid, racing is all I’ve wanted to do,” Bowman said. “I’ve had so many people believe in me along the way. My family has sacrificed a lot and always been behind me.
“I would never have this chance without the support of Dale and everyone involved with the No. 88 team. To be apart of Hendrick Motorsports and for Mr. Hendrick to have this confidence in me, it’s just amazing.”
Bowman ran the No. 88 in The Clash at Daytona in February and ten races in 2016, filling in for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Bowman has 81 points-paying starts in NASCAR’s top series with three top-10 finishes. All three top 10 results have come in the No. 88 car, including a career-high 194 laps led en route to a sixth place finish at Phoenix Raceway in November 2016.
“The No. 88 team is such a great group of people,” Bowman said. “I know we can pick up where we left off last year, and I truly believe we can win races and contend for a championship.
“I’m excited to build on the relationship with Nationwide and all of our partners. It means the world that they have faith in me, and I’m thankful to have them on my side. Now I just want to go win.”
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