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Alex Bowman Faces Uncertain Future


After subbing for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr. last year for 10 races, young Alex Bowman finds himself in the same situation as last year’s Daytona 500. He has no ride, and an uncertain future.

Sure, he’ll participate in this year’s The Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona in the same 88 car he substituted in last year as a reward for his pole at Phoenix and still be a test driver for Hendrick Motorsports this season. But, despite the excellent performances in that car last year, The Clash is his only scheduled race this year.

“It was a lot of fun,” Alex Bowman said about his time in the No. 88 Chevy. “If the Clash is my last Cup start, I got to contend for the wins in the Cup series and drive for Hendrick Motorsports, lead a lot of laps and have a lot of fun doing it.” Bowman scored three top-10 finishes starts in the substituting role and nearly dominated the Can-Am 500 last fall by leading 194 laps.

As for the XFINITY Series, he was nothing short of excellent there as well. In 11 starts with JR Motorsports last year, he had a pole, three top 5 finishes, and seven top 10’s. But, the biggest reason why he has no ride in that series as well is the same doldrum a lot of young drivers have in this day of age.

“It’s just money,” Bowman said. “This sport is so money-driven and it’s not a fully funded deal. I can’t write a check to drive a car. I’m trying to get checks written to me to drive a car. If the right situation came up and there was a good sponsor and everything fit, it absolutely would be a possibility. But right now, there’s no funding to go do it.”