After a stellar performance as a substitute driver for Dale Earnhardt Jr. last year, Alex Bowman got several offers of NASCAR rides – but none that could induce him to leave Hendrick Motorsports, where he spends most of his time driving a simulator.
“I was kind of surprised that a winning Xfinity car or something like that didn’t open up,” Bowman said on Friday at Daytona International Speedway, where he’ll race in Saturday night’s Advance Auto Parts Clash as a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole winner from 2016. “At the same time, I had quite a few full-time Cup opportunities that were offered, but there really wasn’t anything that was going to make me leave Hendrick Motorsports.
“I feel like I want to be part of a winning organization whether I’m driving, just working for the team, doing testing or doing the simulation stuff. Whatever I’m doing, I want to be part of a winning team. Nothing was going to drag me away from here.”
Not only that. Bowman figures he’ll get the nod, should the organization need another super sub for any of its four drivers.
“Obviously, you never hope that situation comes up,” Bowman said. “But I think after last year, as easy as it is for me as far as already being here with Hendrick Motorsports, I think if something did come up that I would think I would be the one that would get called for it.”
Bowman will line up the No. 88 Chevrolet eighth Saturday night.