No. 88 ChevyGoods/Truck Hero Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE
Driver Alex Bowman Hometown Tucson, Arizona
Age 27 Resides Concord, North Carolina
8th in standings
0 pole positions
3 top-five finishes
8 top-10 finishes
388 laps led
2 pole positions
13 top-five finishes
34 top-10 finishes
862 laps led
0 pole positions
1 top-five finish
1 top-10 finish
41 laps led
Alex Bowman, driver of the No. 88 ChevyGoods.com/Truck Hero Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, will be available to members of the media via video conference on Thursday, Sept. 3, as part of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Media Day. Visit NASCARmedia.com for details.
WELCOME, TRUCK HERO: This weekend marks the first event of the 2020 season in which the Truck Hero brand will adorn the No. 88 ChevyGoods.com Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Truck Hero offers customers a full range of branded automotive accessories for vehicles with market-leading functionality, engineering, quality and design. Hendrick Motorsports announced its partnership with ChevyGoods.com earlier this season, which includes branding on Alex Bowman’s Camaro for 26 events. Associate brands featured are Adam’s Polishes, NOCO and Truck Hero.
HONORING A SEVEN-TIME CHAMP: On Sunday night, the No. 88 Chevy will honor teammate Jimmie Johnson during the throwback event at Darlington Raceway. Bowman will pilot a special Truck Hero Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE paying homage to Johnson’s 2006 NASCAR Cup Series championship. Not only is the scheme honoring the seven-time champ’s first title, it represents crew chief Greg Ives’ first championship with the No. 48 team. The 2006 season marked the first of five titles Ives earned as an engineer on Johnson’s team.
IT’S PLAYOFF TIME: Bowman is set to make his third appearance in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs beginning this weekend at Darlington Raceway. The No. 88 team clinched a spot in the 2020 playoffs following its March win at Auto Club Speedway. The 27-year-old driver raced his way into the Round of 12 the last two years, and this is the second season where he clinched a spot based on a victory. The team is currently sitting eighth in the playoff standings, just 48 markers behind the leader. This also marks Ives’ fourth Cup Series playoff appearance. He has three with Bowman and one with Dale Earnhardt Jr.
DARLINGTON STATS: Bowman, a Tucson, Arizona, native, has six previous starts in the NASCAR Cup Series at Darlington Raceway. His best finish of second came in May in the first race back after a two-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic. Bowman led for 41 laps after rolling off second, earning the second-most points in the event.
UNDER THE LIGHTS: Bowman has finished inside the top 10 in three of the last four night races this season. He finished sixth at Martinsville Speedway on June 10, eighth at Kansas Speedway on July 23 and most recently seventh at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday.
ALL ABOUT STAGE POINTS: The No. 88 team has four stage wins this season, which is tied for third overall in the NASCAR Cup Series. Bowman has captured 167 stage points in 2020, the eighth-most of all drivers. The sixth-year driver earned 27 stage points in the two Darlington events earlier this season, the second-most stage points earned in those two races. He is also running much better than his finishing positions show with an average running position of 12.85 and an average finish of 17.0 – a difference of 4.15.
IVES IS ‘TOO TOUGH’: For the eighth time in his career in the NASCAR Cup Series, Ives will call the shots at Darlington for the No. 88 team. The Bark River, Michigan, native’s best finish at the venue came in May after Bowman crossed the line in second after leading 41 laps. Ives’ drivers have completed 99.7% of the total laps and have one top-five finish and two top-10s at the facility. He was also the crew chief for Chase Elliott in the NASCAR Xfinity Series when the team captured the victory after leading 52 laps back in 2014. From 2006-2012, Ives was a race engineer for the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team. During that time, he was a part of one Cup Series win (2012) and four top-five finishes at Darlington.
NEW MONTH, NEW DEALS: During the month of September, No. 88 team sponsor ChevyGoods.com is providing discounts on various accessories on its website. Customers can receive 10% below MSRP on all Adam’s Polishes, NOCO and Truck Hero accessories purchased online. Use code CHEVYGOODS to receive the discount at ChevyGoods.com.
PIT ROAD KNACK: The No. 88 pit crew ranks seventh in the NASCAR Cup Series with an average four-tire stop time of 14.13 seconds after 26 events this season. The team includes fueler Jacob Conley, tire carrier Rowdy Harrell, jackman Dustin Lineback and tire changers Scott Brzozowski and Devin DelRicco.
Driver Alex Bowman on the start of the 2020 playoffs:
“Everything resets this weekend. As a team, we have to regroup and use the momentum from the last two races to start the playoffs strong. We have shown that we are capable of wins and we have shown we can move on in the playoffs. This No. 88 team and everyone at Hendrick Motorsports has been preparing for the playoffs since our win in California, so I am ready to get underway this weekend in Darlington.”
Bowman on capitalizing at Darlington:
“Earlier this year we had some good runs at Darlington. The first race back from the brief pause was really good for us as a team. We finished second and really capitalized on stage points. Our goal for Sunday is to do the same thing. We need to have a solid race, earn stage points and get a good finish at the end of the night to start these playoffs off right.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!