No. 88 Axalta 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
10 top-10 finishes
389 laps led
2 pole positions
13 top-five finishes
36 top-10 finishes
863 laps led
0 pole positions
1 top-five finish
2 top-10 finishes
0 laps led
SITTING IN EIGHTH: Coming off a ninth-place finish at Richmond Raceway, Alex Bowman now sits eighth in the NASCAR Cup Series playoff standings going into Saturday night’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Tucson, Arizona, native is 27 markers above the 12th-place cutline. Drivers inside the top 12 following the event at the half-mile venue will move on to the Round of 12.
BOWMAN AT BRISTOL: Bowman has nine NASCAR Cup Series starts at Bristol Motor Speedway with two top-10 results. His best performance at the half-mile Tennessee venue came in 2018 when he brought home a fifth-place finish after 500 laps in the spring race. Earlier this season, the series visited the track for the 2020 NASCAR All-Star Race, where Bowman and the team earned an eighth-place finish after rolling off second. In 2013, he made two starts at the facility in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, capturing one top-15 finish. The 27-year-old driver will roll off eighth on Saturday night in the final Round of 16 event.
ON A ROLL: Bowman has finished inside the top 10 in four consecutive races held at night and currently holds the longest overall active top-10 streak in the Cup Series with four in the last four weeks. The driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet finished fifth at Dover, seventh at the Daytona oval, sixth at Darlington and ninth at Richmond. Bowman has also finished inside the top 10 in the two most recent short-track events. He has never scored a top-10 in three straight short-track races.
STAGE NOTES: The No. 88 team has four stage wins this season, which is tied for fourth overall in the NASCAR Cup Series. Bowman has captured 184 stage points in 2020, which is eighth on the list of drivers following last Saturday night’s race at Richmond.
SHORT-TRACK STATS: On Saturday, the NASCAR Cup Series visited Richmond Raceway where Bowman finished ninth, his personal best result at the venue. Earlier this season, he finished sixth at Martinsville Speedway after rolling off eighth. The No. 88 team captured back-to-back top-10 finishes at Bristol in 2018, finishing fifth in the spring event and eighth in the fall event.
TENNESSEE NUMBERS: Greg Ives will call his 12th Cup Series race at Bristol on Saturday night under the lights. In 11 previous events at the half-mile track, the crew chief has two top-five finishes and four top-10s with a best finish of second in 2016 with Dale Earnhardt Jr. In 2013 and 2014, Ives was a NASCAR Xfinity Series crew chief at JR Motorsports where his drivers led 59 laps and claimed one top-five finish and three top-10s in four races. As an engineer for driver Jimmie Johnson from 2006-2010, he was part of one win, two pole awards and eight top-10 finishes at Bristol.
AXALTA ON BOARD: This weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway marks the fifth and final event of the 2020 season in which the Axalta colors will adorn Bowman’s No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. The leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings and Hendrick Motorsports announced an extension back in February that will take their partnership through the 2027 season. Read more here.
DEALS, DEALS, 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.
MOMENTUM INTO BRISTOL: Hendrick Motorsports is carrying momentum into Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff showdown at Bristol Motor Speedway. In each of the last six races, the team has led laps, placed multiple cars inside the top 10 and recorded at least one top-five finish. During that stretch, Hendrick Motorsports has the most or is tied for the most in the series in wins (two), top-five finishes (10) and top-10s (15). It also has one runner-up finish, one stage win and 207 laps led in those events. The team’s average result of 11.63 over the last half-dozen races is the best of all Cup-level organizations.
LOOKING FOR 12: At the half-mile Bristol Motor Speedway, car owner Rick Hendrick has 11 points-paying NASCAR Cup Series victories with a track record six different drivers. Jeff Gordon (five) and Jimmie Johnson (two) have won multiple races there for Hendrick Motorsports while Darrell Waltrip (1989), Terry Labonte (1995), Kyle Busch (2007) and Kasey Kahne (2013) have also gone to Bristol victory lane for the team. Most recently, Chase Elliott won the July 15 non-points NASCAR All-Star Race at the track.
NOT SHORT ON WINS: Going into Saturday night’s playoff race at Bristol, Hendrick Motorsports has 50 Cup Series wins on short tracks – the most among active teams. Ten different drivers have posted a short-track victory for car owner Rick Hendrick, which is one away from tying the NASCAR record held by Junior Johnson and Associates.
PLAYOFF HISTORY: Since the inception of the format in 2004, Hendrick Motorsports has 44 NASCAR Cup Series playoff wins – 16 more than any other team. The organization has scored at least one playoff victory in a record 15 different seasons, missing only 2017. A series-topping seven different drivers have won a playoff race for Hendrick Motorsports.
MORE STATS: Since its inception in 1984, Hendrick Motorsports has earned 260 race victories and holds the all-time records for championships (12), pole positions (226), top-five finishes (1,092), top-10s (1,884) and laps led (70,123) in points-paying NASCAR Cup Series competition. Including 2020, the organization has won at least one race in 35 consecutive seasons, the longest-ever streak. Hendrick Motorsports is eight wins away from tying Petty Enterprises’ all-time Cup record of 268.
Driver Alex Bowman on Bristol Motor Speedway:
“Bristol is a good track for us, just as long as we have the track position we need. If you get down on track position early, it can be difficult to bounce back. We ran pretty strong in the All-Star Race over the summer, which gives the team some momentum going into the final race in the Round of 16.”
Bowman on the No. 88 team’s momentum:
“Following last weekend’s race in Richmond, we have some really good momentum going into Bristol. Richmond has always been a tough track for this team but coming out of Saturday night with a ninth-place finish, was like a win. We are doing what we need to do, as a team, in order to continue pushing our way through the playoff rounds.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!