Bowman Continues To Grow In Confidence

48 Alex Bowman

Age: 28 (April 25, 1993)

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona

Resides: Concord, North Carolina

Crew Chief: Greg Ives

Standings: 12th

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No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE

Greg Ives, crew chief of the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, will be available to members of the media via video conference on Thursday, June 3 at 11:15 a.m. ET. Visit NASCARmedia.com for details.

Alex Bowman, driver of the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, will be available to members of the media via video conference on Friday, June 4 at 11 a.m. ET. Visit NASCARmedia.com for details.

TOP FIVE IN CHARLOTTE: During the 600-mile event on Sunday afternoon at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Alex Bowman brought home a fifth-place finish at the end of the day. The No. 48 Ally team captured stage points in all three stages, finishing 10th, seventh and fifth, respectively. After a two-tire call under caution on Lap 174, Bowman was the first car off pit road and led the field to green on lap 177. This fifth-place finish is Bowman’s first top-five result at the 1.5-mile speedway. The Ally driver is tied for third for the longest active top-10 streak among active drivers in the series.

BOWMAN IN SONOMA VALLEY: The driver of the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet will make his fifth start at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday afternoon. Bowman’s first and only top-10 at the track came back in 2018 after he finished ninth at the conclusion of the 110-lap event. Out of 420 total laps within these four races, Bowman has completed 99.8% of the total laps. In 2018, Bowman made one start at the California-based venue in the ARCA Menards Series West (formally known as the K&N Series West) event where he qualified seventh.

ROAD COURSE HISTORY: The 28-year-old driver has 14 previous starts on road courses in the NASCAR Cup Series. With two top-five finishes and six top-10 results at road course venues, Bowman’s best results have come at the Charlotte ROVAL. The Ally driver currently has two top-five results, three top-10s, including one runner-up result in the 2019 event, and has an average finish of 4.6 at the track. Bowman is one of four drivers to capture top-10 results in both road course events this season. In his road course starts with Hendrick Motorsports, Bowman has finished inside the top 15 in all 10 events and has placed in the top 10 in six of the last 10 events. Bowman has an average finish of 9.56 on these tracks while driving for Hendrick Motorsports.

IVES AT SONOMA: Crew chief Greg Ives has called the shots five times at Sonoma Raceway for Hendrick Motorsports. The Michigan native has three top-10 results at the track and finished 14th with Bowman in their latest run at the facility in 2019. Ives’ drivers have completed 100% of the total laps during these five events. The crew chief’s best finish at the track came in 2017 when Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished sixth. From 2006-2012, Ives was a race engineer for the No. 48 team and captured five top-10 finishes, including one win in 2010 after the team led 55 laps.

LOOKING BACK: With 15 events complete this season, Bowman has two wins (Richmond, Dover), four top-five finishes, seven top-10s and one pole award (DAYTONA 500). The No. 48 Ally team has spent 2,072 laps running inside the top 10, which ranks 11th out of all active drivers. Out of those laps, 1,045 have been inside the top five. Bowman has led 117 laps in 2021 across five different venues. He currently sits 12th in the NASCAR Cup Series points standings and is eighth in the playoff standings.

LIGHTNING FAST: With two wins in 15 events this season, the No. 48 pit crew continues to be the fastest in the Cup Series based on average four-tire stop times. The five-man over-the-wall crew has an average four-tire stop time of 13.64 seconds. The team includes fueler Jacob Conley, tire carrier Allen Stallings, jackman Dustin Lineback and tire changers Scott Brzozowski and Devin DelRicco.

IT’S 269 … AND COUNTING: Kyle Larson’s dominant win Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway was the record-breaking 269th in the NASCAR Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports and NASCAR Hall of Fame car owner Rick Hendrick. The team is now the winningest in the history of NASCAR’s top-tier series after passing the legendary Petty Enterprises, which recorded 268 across six decades. The Petty organization held the Cup Series record for points-paying victories for more than 60 years before Hendrick Motorsports tied the mark May 23 at Circuit of The Americas and broke it at Charlotte.

FOR A CAUSE: After Chase Elliott won at COTA to tie the Petty Enterprises record, the autographed door panel of his No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE went up for auction to benefit Victory Junction. When the auction closed Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, the winning bid stood at $28,700. Car owner Hendrick matched it with a separate donation, bringing the total impact to $57,400.

ONE-TWO-THREE: Hendrick Motorsports has won three consecutive NASCAR Cup Series races, finishing at least first and second in all of them. The team recorded an incredible 1-2-3-4 result at Dover International Speedway, finished first and second at COTA, and then 1-2-4-5 at Charlotte. In the last three events, the team has three wins, 10 top-five finishes and 11 top-10s. Its worst finish during the stretch was 11th place. Hendrick Motorsports has won at least three straight races on 16 different occasions, the most of all teams in NASCAR history.

THREE WINS, THREE DRIVERS: The three consecutive wins by Hendrick Motorsports have come via three different drivers: Alex Bowman at Dover, Elliott at COTA and Larson at Charlotte. The last time Hendrick Motorsports won three straight with different drivers was 2015 with Jeff Gordon at Martinsville, Jimmie Johnson at Texas and Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Phoenix. No team has ever won four consecutive races with four different drivers.

WIN COUNTRY: Going into Sunday’s road-course event at Sonoma Raceway, Hendrick Motorsports is the track’s all-time leader in wins (six), pole positions (nine), runner-up finishes (six), top-five results (31), top-10s (54) and laps led (674).

ROAD RUNNERS: Hendrick Motorsports is the all-time leader in NASCAR Cup Series road-course wins with 21, which is eight more than any other team. It has won road races with six different drivers and has more stage wins on road courses (eight) than anyone else.

GREAT AS OF LATE: On road courses over the last three NASCAR Cup Series seasons (2019-2021), Hendrick Motorsports has won six of nine races, including five of the last six. The team has won two of four pole positions, six of 14 stages and led 308 of 587 laps raced (52%).

Alex Bowman, driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, on being a part of Hendrick Motorsports history: “Being a part of Hendrick Motorsports’ 269 milestone is so cool. To be a small part in this historic record-breaking number means so much to me. Mr. Hendrick and everyone at the shop deserves this honor and as much as I wish it was the No. 48 to take the win in Charlotte, we are so pumped for Kyle (Larson) and the No. 5 team.”

Bowman on road course preparation: “Over the last few years, I feel like our road course program on the No. 48 team is getting stronger. Having a teammate like Chase (Elliott) to lean on for some road course advice has been extremely helpful. We didn’t go to Sonoma last season, so this week is going to consist of watching old races and simulator work. Hopefully, we can go out this weekend and keep our streak of top 10s and continue moving up in the point standings.”

Greg Ives, crew chief of the No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, on breaking the all-time win record: “Mr. H always says it is always about the people. He treats the people first, one with respect and two they all matter to his success. We went through a hard time last year going through quarantine last year and he was a rock. We came up a little short on being the ones to break that record for Mr. Hendrick last weekend, but I couldn’t be more proud of what Cliff (Daniels) and Kyle (Larson) have done this year. Everyone’s wins add up to a great year so far and the record-breaking night on Sunday was really special to be a part of.”

Ives on returning to Sonoma: “We haven’t been to Sonoma in a while. We have a lot of high expectations for us. Alex (Bowman) is continuously growing confidence on road courses. Coming out of COTA with an eighth-place finish, he really doesn’t give himself a lot of pats on the back for how well he does at road courses. He loves the challenge and will rise up when needed, which will show at the end of Sonoma. We are looking forward to it.”

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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