‘On the Hot Seat: Alex Bowman’ is the third part in a series of articles that examine drivers who may be in a different spot next season. Their situation may be due to contract prospects, developments in the sport, or evolving interests.
The 2021 season marks the fourth full-time year that Alex Bowman is driving for Hendrick Motorsports. His NASCAR Cup career began in 2014 as a driver for BK Racing. He then went to Tommy Baldwin Racing for the 2015 season. Bowman’s big break came in 2016 when Hendrick Motorsports needed a driver to share the seat of the No. 88 with Jeff Gordon.
Every driver dreams of racing at Daytona International Speedway. In the NASCAR Cup Series, winning the Daytona 500 is at the top of their wish list. But some want more, and look beyond just being in or winning a single race. Competitive drivers want to be at the top level; they want to be one of the best. The quest to be one of the best means hoisting the Cup Series trophy at least once in their career.
The NASCAR Cup Series is three races into the season with three different winners thus far. It has been an extremely entertaining first couple of weeks, as teams begin to settle in for the long haul. The NASCAR Cup Series headed out west for a showdown in the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Being three races in, it was expected that NASCAR’s veterans would begin to return to the top after a lackluster start to the season by many teams.
A major change has been implemented right off the bat. This change is the Busch Clash being run on the Daytona International Speedway road course rather than the 2.5-mile superspeedway. The change occurring primarily in preparation for the second race of the season, which is on the road the course.