In what’s been a roller coaster of a NASCAR career for Alex Bowman, each year has presented a certain amount of uncertainty. Whether it be keeping his ride or having to find new sponsors -- even spending most of 2017 on the sidelines -- he’s earned it all thanks to his raw ability behind the wheel.
The driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports is ready to prove why he belongs in such a historic car, competing for a title with a legendary team.
BY JOSEPH WOLKIN, @JoeWolkin
“It’s been really cool and the coolest part of it is working with Ally. Everything we’ve done with Best Friends, donating a bunch of money to animal shelters across the country, has been really neat. We got Ally their first win, won a couple of races and made the playoffs this year. It’s hard to sit here and say it’s been the best season because we had a tough situation entering Bristol. There have been a lot of positives this year, and it’s been fun to be part of it.”
“To start the year, I felt our short track program was really strong. We were super fast at Martinsville, had a shot to win the race, but we had a loose wheel and had to pit under green. We restarted in the back and everybody crashed in front of us, and we got caught in that back straightaway deal. We went to Richmond and won, and Dover was another 750 horsepower race. The 750 stuff was really good to us early in the year. Over the last couple of years, the 550 stuff was our strength as a race team. This year, the 750 stuff was better for us. We’ve really capitalized on late-race situations, which have really helped us. It’s been cool to close some races really strong like that and get some wins we weren’t in contention for until late in the day. But other than that, it’s been business as usual. We’re the same group we’ve had for the last couple of years, and everybody works well together.”
“It’s hard to say because I’ve driven it at Martinsville, but that’s a unique racetrack. I haven’t driven it anywhere big or fast, so I don’t know what to expect. I know the current expectation is that it’s going to be really hot. That’s the first thing everybody says -- about how hot inside it is. The physical side of training, conditioning and preparation is going to be even more key than it’s been in the past, just to make it through the hotter days. They’re way different race cars than we currently have. A lot changes. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”