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Alex Bowman

48 ALEX BOWMAN

Age: 31 (April 25, 1993)

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona

Resides: Concord, North Carolina

Crew Chief: Blake Harris

Standings: 12th

No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

TOP-10 LEADER: On Sunday at Iowa Speedway, Alex Bowman finished eighth to notch his 10th top-10 finish of 2024, putting him in a four-way tie for most in the NASCAR Cup Series. His 10 top-10 results and four top-fives both represent personal bests for the driver through 17 races in any Cup season.

FAST 48: Bowman and the No. 48 Ally Racing team rank 12th in the Cup standings, 117 points behind the leader. This season, they have an average finish of 13.24 (tied for sixth) and have finished in the top 10 in nine of the last 13 events. With nine races to go in the regular season, Bowman ranks 14th in the playoff standings, 66 points above the cut line.

DOUBLE MAGIC: NASCAR takes on New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday when Bowman will make his 13th career Cup Series start at the 1.058-mile oval. It will be his fourth race at “The Magic Mile” with primary sponsor Ally and his second with crew chief Blake Harris. In addition, the 31-year-old driver will pilot the No. 17 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series event at the track. Bowman will be reunited with Greg Ives, his former Cup Series crew chief, for the Hendrick Motorsports effort.

50 WITH BLAKE: Sunday will mark Harris’ 50th start as crew chief for the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet team. In his second year as a Hendrick Motorsports crew chief and third overall in the Cup Series, the Maypearl, Texas, native has 31 top-10 finishes and 10 top-fives in 82 career starts. At just 18 years old, Harris joined Evernham Motorsports (later Richard Petty Motorsports) in 2006 and has worked in racing ever since. Now 37, he enjoys spending time with his family, going to his mountain cabin, hiking and working on his shock company.

AUTOGRAPHS WITH ALEX: Bowman, driver of the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, will be active in the fan zone at New Hampshire. On Sunday, he can be found at the Hendrick Motorsports merchandise hauler at 11:30 a.m. local time signing autographs for 100 fans with an exclusive wristband. Fans who purchase a 1:24 scale diecast on site Friday, Saturday or Sunday (until 100 have sold) will receive a wristband for Sunday’s autograph session. Please visit the merchandise hauler at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for more information.

LIVE FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT: Join Bowman for views from the driver’s seat of his No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 this weekend. Fans can ride along for Sunday’s 318.46-mile race by tuning into NASCAR’s in-car camera. Visit nascar.com/drive to experience the behind-the-scenes perspective firsthand.

HEARTS AND TAILS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE: For four years, Bowman and Ally have teamed up to support Best Friends Animal Society and its vast network of partners. Last week, the organization launched its new “Bring Love Home” campaign with a website and compelling video. Every race weekend, the pair donates a total of $4,800 to help homeless pets. This weekend, the charitable donation will go to Hearts and Tails Animal Alliance. If you’re in town for the race, check out the animals available for adoption at the shelter located 34 miles southwest of the track. Not ready to adopt? Check out the website for details on how to help save a life by donating, volunteering or fostering.

FUELING THE PIT CREW: The Ally Racing pit crew ranks 10th on pit road for the best average four-tire stop (11.004). 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.

THREE LEADERS: Following his third-place finish Sunday at Iowa Speedway, Chase Elliott became the third Hendrick Motorsports driver to lead the 2024 NASCAR Cup regular season standings. Teammates William Byron (one week) and Kyle Larson (nine weeks) previously sat atop the series, which has completed 17 of 36 points-paying events.

THIRD TIME: 2024 is the third time Hendrick Motorsports has placed three different drivers atop the standings in a single season. The team first accomplished it in 2009 with the Hall of Fame trio of Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin. The second came last year with Alex Bowman, Byron and Larson.

POINT MADE: Going into the 18th points-paying race of 2024 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, all four Hendrick Motorsports drivers are within the top 12 in the Cup standings. Elliott (first), Larson (second) and Byron (fourth) occupy three of the top-four spots, while Bowman, who is tied for the most top-10 finishes in the series, is 12th overall.

DROUGHT BUSTER: Although Hendrick Motorsports has won nine Cup Series races at New Hampshire, its most recent victory at “The Magic Mile” dates to July 2012. Following that performance by driver Kasey Kahne, the team has earned four Cup championships and 104 points-paying victories on 26 other racetracks. Since then, Hendrick Motorsports has finished in every position inside the top 12 at New Hampshire – except first place.

CELEBRATING 40: In 2024, Hendrick Motorsports is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The team holds the all-time NASCAR Cup Series records in every major statistical category, including championships (14), wins (308), pole positions (251) and laps led (80,891). This season, it leads all Cup organizations with seven points-paying victories through 17 races.

Alex Bowman, driver of the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, on his goals for the weekend and running double duty at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: “New Hampshire has proved to be a decently challenging track for me. I was able to get a top 10 there back in 2021, but it’s certainly a place I’d like to improve. I’m excited about the opportunity to run in the No. 17 HendrickCars.com Chevy during this weekend’s Xfinity Series race. Hopefully those extra laps on Friday and Saturday will help me gain some additional insight on the track before Sunday’s Cup race. Our Ally Racing team is still working diligently to try and put the No. 48 back in victory lane.”

Blake Harris, crew chief of the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, on Alex Bowman racing in the Xfinity Series and Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend: “Anytime we (Hendrick Motorsports) run that Xfinity car, I think we have the opportunity to put that thing (No. 17 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro) in victory lane. The team has already been able to do that a couple times this year. The interesting choice of that place for Alex is that New Hampshire is not one of his best tracks. He’s had a couple decent runs there, but overall it’s not statistically his best. But he chose it because he wants to get better there. I think it will be good for him to get some laps in the Xfinity car. Especially with the short practices, any lap time you get around that place is great. He’ll be able to see the evolution of the track on Saturday in the Xfinity car so when we go rolling into Sunday I think he’ll have a pretty good idea of how we need to approach it.”

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