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Ironwood Ridge grad, Tucson native Alex Bowman to drive Earnhardt’s 88 at Michigan

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Alex Bowman qualified sixth in final round of trials for Sunday's race.  Photo: Hendrick Motorsports

Alex Bowman qualified sixth in final round of trials for Sunday’s race. Photo: Hendrick Motorsports

UPDATE 8/26/16:

Alex Bowman drove well enough in the final round of qualifying at Michigan International Speedway today to start in sixth place on Sunday.

“(Michigan) is one of my better race tracks,” Bowman stated. “I think that has helped me this weekend.”


Hendrick Motorsports announced today that Dale Earnhardt Jr underwent yet another concussion evaluation at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center Sports Medicine Concusion Program and was not cleared to compete in at least the next two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Earnhardt is certain to miss starts at Michigan International Speedway (Aug. 28) and Darlington Raceway (Sept. 4).

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Tucson native Alex Bowman will drive Earnhardt’s No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet-University of Michigan. That’s correct, the Wolverines have gone in on a race car. Bowman will be behind the wheel this weekend in a Chevy SS, with a paint scheme that is sure to be a crowd favorite (yes, maize and blue) and will be making his fifth career Sprint Cup start at the track in Michigan. Earlier this year Bowman made his first substitute appearance for Hendrick Motorsports in the New Hampshire 301. Since then, Jeff Gordon has driven for Earnhardt in four races as Earnhardt’s substitute at Indianapolis, Pocono, Watkins Glen and Bristol.

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Bowman got his start in racing at the early age of 7, driving quarter midget cars. By the age of 17, Bowman was racing full-bodied stock cars and drove in a few Pro Cup Series races in 2010. After graduating from Ironwood Ridge, Bowman drove in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at 19. He currently lives in Mooresville, North Carolina.

Read more on NASCAR driver and Tucson’s own Alex Bowman at www.alexbowmanracing.com.

Alex Bowman got his start in racing at 7 years old. Photo: alexbowmanracing.com

Alex Bowman got his start in racing at 7 years old. Photo: alexbowmanracing.com

Jose Roman Jr. was born a Wildcat fan, lifetime fanhood was solidified when he was able to meet Tedy Bruschi, Sean Harris, Brandon Sanders, Chuck Levy and Ontiwaun Carter as a sixth grader. Having served 10 years in the armed forces and been deployed all over the world, he’s still managed to make it to every Arizona home football game, bowl game and at least one away game for the last 12 years. Now combining his love of writing with his love of all things sports, Jose is proud and honored to join AllSportsTucson.com as a writer.

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