Bowman Looking For “The Big Pay Day”

48 Alex Bowman

Age: 28 (April 25, 1993)

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona

Resides: Concord, North Carolina

Crew Chief: Greg Ives

Standings: 11th

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No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE

SONOMA REWIND: On Sunday, Alex Bowman brought home a ninth-place result after a green-white-checkered flag finish at Sonoma Raceway. In addition to tying his best finish at the 2.52-mile road course, the driver of the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE captured points in each stage during the 92-lap event. Bowman has now finished inside the top 10 in five of the last six road course events in the NASCAR Cup Series. The No. 48 team was tied for the fourth-most points earned during the race.

LOCKED-IN ALL-STAR: This weekend, the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Texas Motor Speedway for the NASCAR All-Star Race. Bowman clinched his position in the non-points event by his win earlier this year at Richmond Raceway. This is the second year that the 28-year-old driver has clinched a spot in the All-Star Race by virtue of a victory. In 2019, Bowman made it into the event after winning the fan vote. During last season’s All-Star Race, he rolled off second and finished eighth after 140 laps. He has finished eighth (his best finish) in two of the last three All-Star Races he participated in.

BOWMAN AT TMS: Since 2014, Bowman has 11 points-paying NASCAR Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway. The driver’s best finish of fifth came twice: in the 2019 and 2020 fall events. Bowman has led 57 laps at the 1.5-mile venue. He also has two starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series from 2013. Bowman qualified on pole for both events and led a combined seven laps.

TEXAS STATS FOR IVES: Crew chief Greg Ives has called the shots 12 times at Texas Motor Speedway. The Bark River, Michigan, native’s résumé includes five top-five finishes and six top-10s there. His best finish at the track came in 2016 when driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second after 334 laps. The crew chief also has four starts in the Xfinity Series at Texas, which include one win when Chase Elliott led 38 laps in 2014. As a race engineer for the No. 48 team at Hendrick Motorsports from 2006-2012, Ives was part of two wins, nine top-10 finishes and one pole award with driver Jimmie Johnson at Texas Motor Speedway.

TIME TO SHINE: During this weekend’s NASCAR All-Star Race, each team will have to make a mandatory four-tire pit stop during round five of the six-round format. Over the last 16 weeks, the No. 48 pit crew has had the fastest average four-tire stops in the NASCAR Cup Series at 13.64 seconds. The team includes fueler Jacob Conley, tire carrier Allen Stallings, jackman Dustin Lineback and tire changers Scott Brzozowski and Devin DelRicco.

ALL-STAR RACING: Hendrick Motorsports has won the exhibition event a record nine times with four different drivers: Jimmie Johnson (four victories), Jeff Gordon (three), Terry Labonte (1999) and defending winner Chase Elliott (2020). Hendrick Motorsports also holds the All-Star Race records for starts (115), top-five finishes (39), top-10s (64) and laps led (775).

LARSON MAKES 22: At Texas, Kyle Larson will become the 22nd Hendrick Motorsports driver to appear in the NASCAR All-Star Race. He will join Gordon (22 starts), Johnson (19), Labonte (11), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (10), Ken Schrader (seven), Kasey Kahne (six), Elliott (five), Ricky Rudd (five), Geoff Bodine (five), Darrell Waltrip (four), Alex Bowman (three), Mark Martin (three), William Byron (two), Casey Mears (two), Kyle Busch (two), Brian Vickers (two), Joe Nemechek (two), Jerry Nadeau (two), Ricky Craven, Benny Parsons, and Tim Richmond.

FOUR STARS: On Sunday, Hendrick Motorsports will have all four of its Chevrolets appear in the NASCAR All-Star Race for the 20th time. Including 2021, the team has put four cars into the field in 18 of the last 20 years and has placed at least three in the All-Star Race for a record 22 consecutive seasons.

CARRYING MOMENTUM: Hendrick Motorsports is on a roll heading into the all-star break. The organization has won four consecutive points-paying NASCAR Cup Series races, sweeping at least the top-two positions in each, leading 842 of 946 laps (89%) and recording an average result of 5.7. Its finishes include 1-2-3-4 at Dover, 1-2-8 at Circuit of The Americas, 1-2-4-5 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and 1-2-9 at Sonoma Raceway. At NASCAR’s top level, no team has ever finished in both the first and second positions in five consecutive points races.

TMS EXPRESS: Although Texas Motor Speedway will host its first NASCAR All-Star Race this Sunday, Hendrick Motorsports has plenty of history at the venue. With nine points-paying wins, the team is tied with Joe Gibbs Racing and Roush Fenway Racing for the track record.

Alex Bowman, driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, on strategy at the All-Star Race: “This weekend’s All-Star Race is going to be interesting. It is going to be a big pay day for someone on Sunday and I sure hope it’s this No. 48 Ally team. We have been strong at Texas in the past, but I guess the rules in the All-Star Race are a bit different. Strategy is going to be key in trying to be out front. Our Ally pit crew has been really fast this year. Hopefully, our pit crew can continue doing what they do best on pit road and maybe even get their own pay day during round five.”

Greg Ives, crew chief of the No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, on the NASCAR All-Star Race format: “For me, numbers are a fun Rubik’s Cube. I like the more intricate that it gets. The invert following the rounds throws in a lot more details and unpredictability that you can’t really solve in a simple math calculation. Ultimately, our job is to go out there and perform at a high level. I am pretty sure at the end of each round they are going to figure out what the invert is and we are going to line up and go as fast as we can again. Hopefully, we have a chance to lead and won’t being in traffic. Hopefully, we can cross the finish line first at the end of the day. That is really all we can focus on. The uniqueness of the format for this event is what is creating all of the buzz and, ultimately, it is what it is and hopefully we can have some fun.”

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