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48 Alex Bowman

Age: 29 (April 25, 1993)

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona

Resides: Concord, North Carolina

Crew Chief: Greg Ives

Standings: 8th

No. 48 Ally/Better Together Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

OH, SO CLOSE: Last time Alex Bowman raced on a road course, he took home a second-place finish at Circuit of The Americas. The driver of the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was fighting for the lead heading into turn 18 at the Texas venue. He was then hit by AJ Allmendinger, who was spun out by race winner Ross Chastain, resulting in his runner-up result.

HANG A RIGHT: Since the start of 2018, Bowman has tallied nine top-10 finishes on road courses, with two of those being runner-up results. He is tied with three other drivers (Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick and Austin Cindric) at two consecutive top-10s on that track type with only Ryan Blaney having a longer active streak at three.

WEST COAST, BEST COAST: The 29-year-old driver has managed to take home hardware from the West Coast on two separate occasions since the start of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season. He notched a win in March 2020 at Auto Club Speedway, followed by his most recent win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March 2022. This year, Bowman has garnered 96 points in all West Coast races, one marker behind teammates William Byron and standings leader Chase Elliott.

SLEEPER PICK: In his eighth season in the Cup Series, Bowman continues to silently surmount another banner year as the driver of the No. 48 Ally Chevy. Through 15 races, Bowman has one win (Las Vegas), three top-five finishes, nine top-10s, and an average finish of 11.8. He has more top-10s through 15 races than ever before in his Cup Series career and is one of three drivers with nine – Elliott and Chastain are the others. The trio only trails Kyle Busch (11) for the most front-runner finishes this season.

TRUCKING OUT WEST: Saturday night will see Bowman strap into the No. 7 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Silverado for Spire Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Sonoma Raceway. Last time the Tucson, Arizona, native got behind the wheel of a truck, he started third at COTA in the No. 7 Chevy and made his way through the field, but was taken out on the last lap, resulting in a 25th-place result.

PIT STOP POWER: The No. 48 Ally Racing pit crew had the third-fastest four-tire pit stop average of 10.9 seconds last Sunday at WWTR. Across all pit stops, the five-man team gained seven positions on pit road – third-best of all teams in the Cup Series that day. The Ally Racing pit crew is made up of fueler Jacob Conley, jackman Eric Ludwig, tire carrier Allen Stallings and tire changers Scott Brzozowski (front) and Devin DelRicco (rear).

WEAR IT PROUD: In an effort to support the LGBTQ+ community, Ally will run the PrideALLYS decal on the rear fenders and on the TV panel of the No. 48 Ally/Better Together Chevy at Sonoma. As part of the employee resource group, Ally is committed to promoting inclusion practices for the LGBTQ+ community at and around Ally.

NEARING 100,000: Hendrick Motorsports needs to lead 98 miles in the NASCAR Cup Series to cross 100,000 miles led in the sport’s top series. Ahead of Sunday’s race, the organization has led 99,902.90 miles at the Cup level. Crossing the 100K milestone would be achieved by leading 50 laps at the 1.99-mile layout at Sonoma Raceway. Through 15 points-paying races in 2022, the four-car team has led 1,445.43 miles.

AT YOUR SIRVIS: Beginning this weekend at Sonoma, SirviS will appear on the B-post on all Hendrick Motorsports race cars. In 2020, Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection, partnered with Hendrick Motorsports to form a multi-year marketing and technology relationship. SirviS recently joined the Acronis’ #TeamUp program.

ROAD WARRIORS: Throughout its history, Hendrick Motorsports has 25 wins on road courses in the Cup Series. Since the organization’s inaugural season in 1984, the squad has won 29% of all races on Cup Series road courses (25 of 86). The two closest teams in this statistic have combined for only 21 wins.

COUNTING ‘EM UP: The 25 road course wins have come from seven different drivers – most for any team in the Cup ranks. Jeff Gordon leads the way for the team with nine victories (which are also the most among all drivers) followed by Chase Elliott with seven. Tim Richmond and Kyle Larson are tied for third on the list with three wins apiece. Geoff Bodine, Jimmie Johnson and Ricky Rudd each tallied one victory.

READY FOR THE ROAD: In addition to road course wins, Hendrick Motorsports stands at the top of the board on road courses in the following stats: Poles (21), top-five finishes (76), top-10s (132), laps led (2,020) and stage wins (12).

SAVORING SONOMA: Wine country has been the sight of much success for Hendrick Motorsports over the years. Much like its overall road course success, the team leads the way in wins (seven), poles (nine), runner-up finishes (seven), top-fives (33), top-10s (57) and laps led (749) at the California facility. Gordon’s five wins at Sonoma are the most at the track, while Johnson and Larson each have one win here for the Rick Hendrick-owned company.

FROM WINE COUNTRY TO TITLE TOWN: The Sonoma race winner has gone on to win the championship five times in Cup Series history. Three of those instances involved Hendrick Motorsports drivers: Gordon (1998), Johnson (2010) and Larson (2021). Tony Stewart (2005) and Kyle Busch (2015) were the others to achieve this feat.

SWEEP SENSATIONS: In the era of stage racing, there have been two times – both by Hendrick Motorsports – when one driver swept every road course stage and won the race. Elliott was the first to do so in his 2019 win at Watkins Glen International. Larson also accomplished this with his victory last season at Sonoma.

WEST COAST WINS: The four-car organization out of Concord, North Carolina, has won seven of the last 12 races contested on the West Coast. Larson has four of those wins, while Alex Bowman has two and Elliott has one. Both Larson (Auto Club Speedway) and Bowman (Las Vegas Motor Speedway) earned wins on the western swing earlier this season. In total, Hendrick Motorsports has 41 wins on the West Coast – the most of any organization.

Alex Bowman, driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, on racing twice in Sonoma: “I think it’s important to get as many laps as I can in before getting in the No. 48 Ally Chevy on Sunday. Last time we ran the No. 7 Spire truck, we had a ton of speed and I think it helped me learn the track which helped me be fast in the Cup race. Obviously, it didn’t end the way I wished, but ultimately, the experience can only make me better.”

Greg Ives, crew chief of the No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, on his expectations for the race at Sonoma: “We had a ton of speed at COTA (Circuit of The Americas) and got collected in someone else’s mess which cost us a win. I think it’s great that Alex (Bowman) is going to get back in the No. 7 HendrickCars.com Spire truck to get more road course experience – it served him well last time. We learned a lot at COTA and Alex gained some confidence in his ability to run well on road courses, so I am optimistic for the race and look forward to getting out to Sonoma (Raceway) and redeeming ourselves on a road course.”

TIL NEXT TIME, IAM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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