Bowman Looks To Be A Spoiler

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

TOP 10 AT ROVAL: During Sunday’s 109-lap event on the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, Alex Bowman and the No. 48 team claimed a top-10 result after finishing 10th. The team suffered an electrical issue on lap 34 and elected to change the battery during the stage two caution. Bowman battled his way back up through the field to capture his fourth top-10 finish in four career starts at the ROVAL. Unfortunately, the team’s championship hopes concluded following the event after not advancing into the Round of 8.

FINDING SUCCESS IN 2021: Through 32 NASCAR Cup Series events this season, Bowman is having one of his best seasons to date. The 28-year-old driver has three wins this season, which is tied for the third-most wins in the series (Richmond Raceway, Dover International Speedway, Pocono Raceway), seven top-five finishes and 15 top-10s. Bowman’s seven top-fives are tied for a season best (2019) and his 15 top-10s are tied for a career best in a single season (2020). Since joining Hendrick Motorsports in 2016 as a replacement driver for Dale Earnhardt Jr., Bowman has five wins, 23 top-five results, 56 top-10s, 1,066 laps led and three pole awards, including two in the DAYTONA 500.

BOWMAN AT TX: Bowman has 11 points-paying starts at Texas Motor Speedway since 2014. The driver’s best finish of fifth came in the fall of 2019 and again at the fall event of 2020. The Ally driver is tied for the most top-five results (two) in the last three Texas events, and he has led 57 laps at the 1.5-mile venue. The Tucson, Arizona, native also has two starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2013. Bowman qualified for the pole in both events and led a combined seven laps. He captured a 14th- and 18th-place finish in those races.

IVES’ TEXAS STATS: Crew chief Greg Ives will call his 13th Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. In his 12 previous starts at the 1.5-mile facility, the No. 48 crew chief has five top-five results and six top-10s with a best finish of second coming in 2016 with Dale Earnhardt Jr. The crew chief also has four starts in the Xfinity Series at Texas, including one win with Chase Elliott when he led 38 laps to bring home the victory 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.

PIT PERFORMANCE: The No. 48 pit crew sits sixth on the charts for the fastest average four-tire stop time of 13.92. The team includes fueler Jacob Conley, tire carrier Allen Stallings, jackman Dustin Lineback and tire changers Scott Brzozowski and Devin DelRicco.

SEVENTH HEAVEN: Following Kyle Larson’s performance Sunday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, Hendrick Motorsports has accumulated 49 all-time wins during the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs – 16 more than next-best Joe Gibbs Racing (33) and more than double third-place Penske Racing (24). In six playoff events this year, the team has won twice – both coming courtesy of Larson. Hendrick Motorsports has gone to victory lane in the seventh race of the playoffs a record seven times.

OOPS … WE DID IT AGAIN: Hendrick Motorsports has now won five consecutive Cup Series playoff elimination races dating back to last season. In 2020, Chase Elliott won the final three cutoff events – held at the ROVAL, Martinsville Speedway and Phoenix Raceway – en route to winning the Cup Series championship. This year, Larson won at Bristol Motor Speedway, which hosted the first elimination race of the 2021 playoffs, and Sunday’s event at the ROVAL.

FOLLOW THE LEADER: Sunday’s showdown at Texas Motor Speedway will mark the eighth NASCAR Cup Series race held at a 1.5-mile venue in 2021. This season, Hendrick Motorsports has led 1,153 laps on intermediate tracks – the most ever by a team in the first seven events.

BATTING .500: In the last 20 points-paying NASCAR Cup Series races, Hendrick Motorsports has recorded 10 victories. No other organization has more than four in that span.

EVERYTHING’S BIGGER: Entering Sunday’s playoff race at Texas, Hendrick Motorsports owns or shares the track records for points-paying wins (nine; tie), pole positions (seven; tie), top-five finishes (40) and top-10s (72). The organization is second in laps led there – just 13 behind leader Roush Fenway Racing.

Alex Bowman, driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, on his mindset heading to Texas: “Obviously being out of the playoffs isn’t what our team wanted, but a lot of things just didn’t go our way in Charlotte. We really wanted to go into the Round of 8 and on to compete for a championship for Ally, but we still have four more races to compete for wins and that is what we are going to do. Our mile-and-a-half program is really strong at Hendrick Motorsports and I know each time we unload we are going to have a good day.”

Bowman on testing the Next Gen car: “It’s a big change for sure. I think the car tends to make a lot more grip around the ROVAL, which I think we all expected that bring the NextGen to a road course. It is a lot of fun to drive and drives really well. You can slide it around and drive it pretty hard. The sequential transmission is pretty cool to work with as well. Anytime that you make significant changes to the airflow of a racecar, you are going to change how the car drives. Each change we made had its own characteristics that it brought to the racecar.”

Greg Ives, crew chief of the No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, on overcoming challenges at the Charlotte ROVAL: “We needed to be about nine spots better on Sunday, but in the end we had to battle alternator issues and changing batteries, so all in all it was a race full of adversity. In the end, we struggled with the battery we had but thankful to get a top 10 out of it. The ROVAL lived up to its playoff-ending round event. We were still able to make passes and I feel like if we were able to get up front it would have been exciting.”

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

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