Bowman Looks Forward To The Glen

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

LOOKING BACK AFTER 22: So far in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, Alex Bowman has three wins (Richmond Raceway, Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway), six top-five finishes and 12 top-10s, which are tied for the seventh-most top-10 results this year among active drivers. The 28-year-old driver’s six top-five results are currently tied for the second-most top-five finishes in a single season for Bowman. In 2019, Bowman secured seven top-five results. His eight top-10 finishes in the last 10 events are tied for the most with teammate Kyle Larson. The Ally driver has run 1,354 laps inside the top five, which ranks 11th, and he has run 704 laps in the top five in the last 10 races, which ranks seventh. Bowman has led 151 laps this season and is currently ranked seventh in the Cup Series playoff standings after 22 events. His three wins this year are tied for second with Martin Truex Jr. in the Cup Series. All five of Bowman’s career Cup victories came at different venues and all three of his wins in 2021 occurred in the last 14 events.

EMPIRE STATE STATS: The driver of the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet has four previous Cup Series starts at Watkins Glen International. Bowman’s best finish of 14th came during the 2018 and 2019 seasons after 90 laps. In 2013, Bowman made one start in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at the 2.45-mile road course and finished 13th after qualifying 19th.

TURNING LEFT AND RIGHT: In the Cup Series, Bowman has 16 starts at road courses and has two top-five finishes and seven top-10s. He finished inside the top 15 in 11 of 12 road course starts while behind the wheel for Hendrick Motorsports and has an average finish of 10.5, which is the fifth-best among active drivers since the start of 2018. The No. 48 team has placed inside the top 10 in three of the four road course events so far this season and has finished inside the top 10 in five of the last seven road course races.

IVES AT THE GLEN: Crew chief Greg Ives will call the shots for the sixth time at the New York-based road course venue this weekend. The Bark River, Michigan, native’s résumé includes four top-15 finishes, and his best result at the track came in 2015 when Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 11th after starting seventh in the 90-lap event. Ives has two starts as a crew chief in the Xfinity Series at the track, capturing one top-five result and two top-10s. Ives was a race engineer for the No. 48 team from 2006-2012 and captured one pole (2009), two third-place results and four top-10s at Watkins Glen.

FROM CUP CARS TO SPRINT CARS: For the last two weeks, the Cup Series has had a break in the race schedule due to the Olympics. How did Alex Bowman spend his days off? The Ally driver tried his hand at sprint car racing for the first time at Circle City Raceway, Attica Raceway, Fremont Speedway and Tri City Speedway. Bowman was scheduled to run seven events over the course of 11 days, but weather delays forced the Alex Bowman Racing team to compete in only five events. Bowman captured two top-five finishes in his first five starts behind the wheel of the No. 55 Ally sprint car.

BACK HOME IN NEW YORK: Andrew Seamans, the interior specialist for the No. 48 Ally team, is going back to his home state of New York this weekend when the Cup Series visits Watkins Glen. Seamans grew up in Syracuse, New York, which is approximately 94 miles away from the 2.45-mile road course. The 35-year-old attended college at SUNY Oswego in Oswego, New York. Prior to joining Hendrick Motorsports, Seamans worked with Kasey Kahne Racing and Kyle Larson Racing in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.

PIT ROAD STATS: After 22 events this season, the No. 48 pit crew ranks fifth for the fastest four-tire pit stop average in the NASCAR Cup Series with a time of 13.83 seconds. The team had the fastest single stop at Dover International Speedway (12.18 seconds) on May 16 and had the third-fastest stop at Atlanta Motor Speedway (12.25 seconds) on July 11. The No. 48 pit crew includes fueler Jacob Conley, tire carrier Allen Stallings, jackman Dustin Lineback, and tire changers Scott Brzozowski (front) and Devin DelRicco (rear).

HOGGING THE ROAD: Hendrick Motorsports holds the NASCAR Cup Series record for all-time road-course victories with 23, which is 10 more than next-best Joe Gibbs Racing. The organization has won on road courses with a series-high seven different drivers: Jeff Gordon (nine wins), Chase Elliott (seven), Tim Richmond (three), Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Rudd and Geoff Bodine. Hendrick Motorsports also has the most road-course stage wins of any team with 11.

ALL THE (ROAD) RAGE: In NASCAR Cup Series road races since 2018, Hendrick Motorsports has gone to victory lane in eight of 12 events, won 10 of 24 stages, led 475 of 1,050 laps (45%), and posted three 1-2 finishes.

WIN AT THE GLEN: With eight trips to victory lane at Watkins Glen International, Hendrick Motorsports is the venue’s all-time leader in NASCAR Cup Series wins. The team also holds the track records for pole positions (seven) and laps led (632).

SEVEN OF 10: Over the last 10 NASCAR Cup Series points races, Hendrick Motorsports has won seven times (the most), finished 1-2 on four occasions (most), won 10 of 21 stages (most), and led 1,308 of 2,131 laps raced (61%). With 40 total entries across the most recent 10 events, the team has scored 19 top-five finishes (most) and 26 top-10s (most).

THROUGH 22: After 22 of 36 points-paying races in 2021, Hendrick Motorsports has won 10 times to tie its most ever at this time of the year. Its 16 stage wins are the most in history by any organization going into the 23rd points race. Hendrick Motorsports has tied its most top-five finishes (34) and posted its fourth-most laps led (2,056) at the 22-event mark. The four-car stable has recorded 53 top-10s in 2021, which represent the second-most ever by any team at this point in a season.

Alex Bowman, driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, on what he looks forward to at Watkins Glen: “I’m looking forward to going back to Watkins Glen this weekend. We didn’t get to go there last season, so it should be a lot of fun. It is a really fast track and it’s extremely tough. I still have a lot to learn there, but I feel like we are gaining on it. Going back there, I think we can unload really strong. I’m really excited to see fans back at The Glen this weekend. It is always a great crowd there and it is a really fun atmosphere every time we go. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Greg Ives, crew chief of the No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, on preparing for Watkins Glen: “With the uptrend of road courses on the schedule, we have been putting a lot of
emphasis on fine tuning our setups. Alex has been doing a great job in dry and wet conditions and giving us great feedback to help develop the setups. I’m definitely looking forward to getting to Watkins Glen.”


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