Alex Bowman may be forced to embrace his nickname

(Greg Engle)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Alex Bowman has never liked the nickname “Bowman the Showman.”

Not one to try to hog the limelight, Bowman would rather be known for his prowess on the race track, but he acknowledges that his soubriquet has already gained traction.

“I think at this point I’ve just got to own it, right?” Bowman said. “I don’t see it changing anytime soon. I’m not the biggest fan of it, but kind of is what it is at this point.”

Asked whether he expects to see “Bowman the Showman” T-shirts at the merchandise trailer, Bowman replied, “Oh man, I don’t know. I’m not in charge of the T-shirt department.  If they put that on a t-shirt, you won’t see me wearing it, I can tell you that much.”

Bowman did reveal that his crew chief, Greg Ives, has a nickname, too, based on some of the esoteric things he says.

“Greg has been great to work with,” Bowman said. “He’s still ‘the Riddler.’ Sometimes he puts out sentences that you are like, ‘What?!’  But he’s so smart. He’s just great to work with and is always looking out for any little advantage he can get.

“That’s why he kind of talks the way he talks sometimes and says the things he says sometimes, just trying to take advantage of anything he can. Really looking forward to working with him. He’s a great guy and a great friend.”

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.