Bowman Previews Charlotte

Alex Bowman

48 ALEX BOWMAN

Age: 31 (April 25, 1993)

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona

Resides: Concord, North Carolina

Crew Chief: Blake Harris

Standings: 9th

No. 48 Ally Patriotic Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

CLT ON TAP: This weekend, NASCAR races at Charlotte Motor Speedway where driver Alex Bowman has one top-five finish, four top-10s and 228 laps led in 12 Cup Series starts. In the last six Charlotte oval races, the 31-year-old driver has led the second-most laps (228) behind only Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Larson (379). In the 2020 Coca-Cola 600, Bowman led 162 of 400 laps but finished 19th following a late-race strategy call.

2024 NUMBERS: The No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team sits ninth in the Cup Series standings, 121 points behind the leader. Bowman has posted four top-five finishes in 2024: at Daytona International Speedway (second), Bristol Motor Speedway (fourth), Circuit of The Americas (fourth) and Talladega Superspeedway (fifth).

HALFWAY THERE: At the midpoint of the 2024 Cup Series regular season, Bowman’s eighth-place performance at Darlington Raceway on Mother’s Day marked his fourth consecutive top-10 finish to give him eight in 13 races. Bowman is tied for the series lead in top-10s with Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron. It matches his personal best for most top-10s through 13 starts, set in 2022. The driver of the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet ranks sixth in average finish among series regulars (12.7) and is tied for third in top-five finishes (four).

ALLY PATRIOTIC: For the fourth consecutive year, primary sponsor Ally has developed a patriotic paint scheme with Bowman and Hendrick Motorsports in support of NASCAR’s 600 Miles of Remembrance. On Sunday at Charlotte, the No. 48 Ally Patriotic Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will honor Army Capt. Arthur “Bo” Felder, who passed away while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004. Described as a “gentle giant” at 6’4” and 290 pounds, Felder joined the Army while in high school. Raised in a family with military service dating to World War I, he was deployed to Bosnia and Honduras before going to Iraq where he served as command of Headquarters Company of the 39th Infantry Brigade of the Arkansas National Guard.

LIVE FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT: Join Bowman with views from his driver’s seat this weekend during NASCAR’s longest race. On Sunday, fans can ride along for all 600 miles of competition by tuning into NASCAR’s in-car camera on the No. 48 Ally Patriotic Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Visit nascar.com/drive to experience the race from Bowman’s perspective.

PACKAGES FOR OUR TROOPS: On Wednesday, Bowman, the No. 48 team, sponsor Ally and United Service Organizations (USO) volunteers held a fifth annual packing event (2019, 2021-2024) for soldiers ahead of the Coca-Cola 600. The group assembled approximately 2,000 care packages for deploying service members from the state of North Carolina as they wait to be sent to their assignment. Packages included cards, snacks and hygiene kits for those serving overseas.

FOUR TIRES FAST: In 2024, the Ally Racing team ranks fourth in the Cup Series in four-tire pit stop average at 10.958 seconds, giving Hendrick Motorsports three of the top-four spots. The five-man No. 48 crew is composed of jackman Allen Holman, tire carrier Brandon Grier, front-tire changer Donnie Tasser, rear-tire changer Andrew Bridgeforth and gasman Jacob Conley.

SAVE A (FURRY) LIFE THIS MEMORIAL DAY: 2024 marks the fourth consecutive year Ally and Bowman have supported Best Friends Animal Society and its vast network of partners. This weekend’s beneficiary of the pair’s $4,800 donation is the Charlotte Humane Society, located just 22 miles southeast of Charlotte Motor Speedway. To learn more, visit the shelter this weekend or go online to view its dogs and cats available for adoption.

1,100 MILES: For the first time in his NASCAR Hall of Fame career, Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick will be a car owner for the Indianapolis 500, doing so with the No. 17 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet driven by Kyle Larson. The entry, fielded through a unique partnership with the Arrow McLaren INDYCAR Team, will see the 2021 Cup Series champion become the fifth driver to attempt “The Double” by racing the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on the same day.

HENDRICK HOMECOMING: On Friday and Saturday, Hendrick Motorsports will hold “Hendrick Homecoming” to celebrate the team’s 40th anniversary in NASCAR. The free fan event, which takes place over the same weekend as the Coca-Cola 600 at nearby Charlotte Motor Speedway, will feature appearances by past and present drivers, along with games, displays, giveaways and more. For information on the two-day event, click here.

FABULOUS 40: In 2024, Hendrick Motorsports is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The organization holds the all-time NASCAR Cup Series records in every major statistical category, including championships (14), points-paying race wins (307), pole positions (250) and laps led (80,730).

WINNING TRIO: Hendrick Motorsports drivers William Byron (three wins), Larson (two) and Chase Elliott (one) have tallied six Cup Series victories through the first 13 points-paying events of 2024. Based in Concord, North Carolina, the organization has won at least six races in 19 of the last 24 seasons. Six victories matches the team’s second-best total (1996 and 1997) at this point in a season. Hendrick Motorsports’ best start came in 2007 when it recorded nine wins in the first 13 races.

PIT POWER: Hendrick Motorsports holds four of the top-five spots for the fastest average four-tire pit stop in 2024. The No. 9 team leads the way (10.643 seconds), with the No. 24 team in third (10.849 seconds), the No. 48 team in fourth (10.958 seconds) and the No. 5 team rounding out the top five (10.966 seconds).

MILE-AND-A-HALF MOJO: In this season’s three races on 1.5-mile intermediate tracks, Hendrick Motorsports has been victorious every time. Larson won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March and Kansas Speedway in May. Elliott went to victory lane at Texas Motor Speedway in April. Across the three events, Hendrick Motorsports tops the board for all teams in laps led (378) and stage wins (four).

NEXT GEN NUMBERS: Hendrick Motorsports’ eight wins on 1.5-mile tracks in the Next Gen car is more than double the total of any other Cup Series team (three wins). Since 2022, Larson has a series-best four wins on 1.5-mile tracks and Byron two, making them two of the four drivers with multiple wins on intermediates. Teammates Alex Bowman and Elliott have each earned one Next Gen triumph on this type of track. Over the last 12 races on 1.5-milers, Larson and Byron are the only repeat winners.

BLACKJACK: Hendrick Motorsports has 21 wins at the Charlotte Motor Speedway oval, tied for the third-most Cup Series victories at any track by an organization. The team also holds the top-two spots on the list with its win totals at Martinsville Speedway (29) and Dover Motor Speedway (22).

DEEP SIX: Six drivers have combined for Hendrick Motorsports’ record 12 wins in the Coca-Cola 600. Jimmie Johnson’s four wins (2003, 2004, 2005 and 2014) are part of his track-best eight wins on the oval. Next on the list is Jeff Gordon, now the team’s vice chairman, with three victories (1994, 1997 and 1998). Darrell Waltrip was the first Hendrick Motorsports driver to win the prestigious event, which he did back-to-back in 1988 and 1989. Casey Mears (2007), Kasey Kahne (2012) and most recently Larson (2021) each have one win.

HISTORICAL HIGHS: In the 2021 edition of the Coca-Cola 600, Hendrick Motorsports earned its 269th Cup Series win, passing Petty Enterprises to become the all-time winningest team in the sport’s top series. Hendrick Motorsports finished first, second, fourth and fifth that night, marking the first time a single organization placed four drivers in the top five in the Memorial Day weekend event.

600 MILES OF REMEMBRANCE: The Memorial Day weekend race at Charlotte Motor Speedway remembers the men and women who gave their lives in service while defending the United States of America. The name of a fallen service member will appear on the windshield of every Cup Series car in the Coca-Cola 600 field.

Alex Bowman, driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, on racing at Charlotte: “It’s always special to race here in Charlotte. It’s such a big week ahead of the Coca-Cola 600, and there’s a ton going on at the Hendrick Motorsports campus with Hendrick Homecoming, especially with it being our company’s 40th anniversary. In honor of Memorial Day, this weekend we recognize Army Capt. Arthur “Bo” Felder on the windshield of our No. 48 Ally Chevy. The 600 is a challengingly long race, but I’m excited to return to tackle it. Hopefully our Ally Racing team can qualify well Saturday and we can get a good run at it Sunday.”

Blake Harris, crew chief of the No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, on the team’s approach for this weekend: “We had a pretty good run last year (at Charlotte Motor Speedway). It was Alex’s first race back after his injury. We didn’t get to practice or qualify that race — got kind of boxed in and had a difficult day on pit road trying to get around people. I think if we can go back there and qualify well and get a good pit stall, we should have some high expectations for this weekend.”

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