Bowman Quietly Having Solid Weekend In Kansas

Alex Bowman’s goals are simple this weekend, he has to win. Heading into Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 (2 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), Bowman is 68 points out of the final cutoff spot. That’s too many points to make up in one race. So, if Bowman is going to join his Hendrick Motorsports teammate of Chase Elliott into the Round of 8, he has to win his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday at the Kansas Speedway. 

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Bowman Knows A Race Win, Not Stage Points Needed To Make It Past The Round of 12

Hendrick Motorsports entered this year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs with three drivers eligible for this year’s championship. Unfortunately, one of which was eliminated from contention following the Charlotte ROVAL. But, HMS does bring two drivers into the Round of 12 and after Sunday’s race at the Dover International Speedway, one will already advance to the Round of 8. 

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Another Step In The Right Direction For NASCAR In Another Move Away From “Pay To Play” Model With DiBenedetto Signing

On Wednesday, Leavine Family Racing announced that they have switched from Chevrolet power to Toyota and have signed Matt DiBenedetto as their driver for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. This is another win for NASCAR. DiBenedetto, is the third driver in less than two weeks to be signed to a Cup Series ride and he didn’t have to bring money to do so. It’s a shift back in the good direction. 

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Blaney Flying Under The Radar While Trends Say Bowyer and Bowman May Be In Trouble

Ryan Blaney was picked by a handful of experts to be eliminated from the first round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. After his thrilling win on the Charlotte ROVAL, he moved onto the Round of 12. In this round, may predicted he’d be eliminated again. After the first race, he’s 10 points to the good IN. But, we all see how quickly that could change with a track like Talladega coming up. 

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“As A Boss, He Writes My Paychecks, As A Friend, He Makes Me Spend Those Checks” Bowman Talks About Friendship With Rick Hendrick

INDIANAPOLIS – We always hear about how much of a friend and mentor Rick Hendrick is to his drivers. We’ve seen it with Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and others in recent years. “Mr. H” as commonly referred to is more than a boss to his drivers, he’s their close friend too. Alex Bowman is finding out first hand this season. Bowman, is in his first year driving for Hendrick Motorsports on a full time basis. He took over the No. 88 Chevrolet for Dale Earnhardt Jr. The Arizona…

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Bowman Says Taking Leaps Of Faith Risky But Pays Off Big If Done Right

INDIANAPOLIS – With sponsorship dollars being harder and harder to find and quality rides growing increasingly smaller, positioning yourself to get into a ride with one of the top teams within the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is as big as a race as the action on the tracks itself. Do you hop into a ride in the Cup Series just to say your a driver in NASCAR’s premiere division? At the moment, if you have the right amount of funding, there are teams willing to take it and put you…

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Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports Looking Strong So Far This Weekend In Darlington

It’s been over a year since Jimmie Johnson last won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. He won three races all of last year but none since June 4. In fact, he only has six total top five finishes since the start of the 2017 season and none since May 27. So, why am I picking Johnson as a favorite this weekend? It’s simple. 

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Bowman, Jones Top Sleepers For Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (6:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

I already released by favorites and sleepers list for Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (6:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) but I wanted to call out two sleepers a little further. Those drivers are Erik Jones and Alex Bowman. Jones, enters this weekend’s race at the Bristol (Tenn) Motor Speedway with six top seven finishes over his last eight starts on the season. Including in those finishes is a win last month at Daytona. In this race last year, Jones led 260 laps en route to a third…

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Stenhouse, Newman Could Steal Win Saturday Night In Bristol

The annual summer night race at the Bristol (Tenn) Motor Speedway always provides fireworks on and off the track. Well, how about fireworks in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff standings as well? It’s no secret, the “Big 3” have stolen most of the headlines so far this season. Out of the 23 races run, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick have combined to win 17 of them. If you take out the three restrictor plate races so far, they’re 17-for-20. Only Clint Bowyer (Martinsville, Michigan) and…

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Bowman, Nationwide Ink Extensions Through 2020 With Hendrick Motorsports

Nationwide has extended its relationship with 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports with a new two-year agreement that will increase its majority sponsorship of Alex Bowman and the No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team to 20 races per season beginning in 2019. In addition, Hendrick Motorsports has signed Bowman to a one-year contract extension through 2020. The 25-year-old driver is in his first full-time season with the No. 88 team and is currently in position to earn his first career NASCAR Cup Series playoff berth.

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