|The No. 88 has won seven times at Pocono Raceway.|
BOWMAN AT POCONO: Alex Bowman has four starts in the NASCAR Cup Series at the “Tricky Triangle,” with a best finish of 25th back in 2015. The 25-year-old has one start in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with JR Motorsports in 2016, where he started and finished 10th. In 2012, Bowman ran two ARCA Racing Series events and captured a third-place finish in both events.
IVES AT POCONO: Crew chief Greg Ives has called the shots six times for the No. 88 team at the Pennsylvania-based track. The Bark River, Michigan, native has two top-five finishes in the NASCAR Cup Series, with his best finish of second coming back in the spring of 2016 with Earnhardt. Ives was a race engineer for the No. 48 team from 2006-2012 and captured one pole award (2008) and six top-five finishes.
IT'S THE NUMBER: At Pocono, the number 88 is no stranger to Victory Lane. Seven times a driver has won while driving the No. 88. Earnhardt swept the NASCAR Cup Series races at the track for Hendrick Motorsports in 2014, leading a combined total of 25 laps. A win for Bowman this weekend in the No. 88 machine could tie the No. 88 as the car number with the most wins at the 2.5-mile facility.
SELFIES WITH BOWMAN: On June 2 at 10 a.m. local time, Bowman will be participating in a “Selfie Session” for Pocono Raceway in the Victory Circle Club. This session is a modern twist on the conventional autograph session. Race fans who were able to pre-register for this appearance will get to meet Bowman and take a selfie with him on Saturday. Pre-registration for this session closed shortly after opening on April 17th, after selling out within an hour.
MEET BOWMAN: On Sunday, June 3, Bowman will make an appearance at the Team Chevy Stage in the fan zone at 11:15 a.m. local time for a question-and-answer session.
600 RECAP: The No. 88 Nationwide Camaro ZL1 qualified 27th for the 600-mile event at Charlotte Motor Speedway last weekend. Within the first 10 laps of the 400-lap event, Bowman had advanced seven positions and was scored 20th. Continuing his drive forward, the 25-year-old finished Stage 1 in the 11th position, after which the No. 88 pit crew gained the driver two positions on pit road between stages. Bowman finished the second stage in the 15th position and gained one position in Stage 3 to finish 14th. The pit crew was on their game once again, gaining Bowman five spots on pit road to restart ninth for the final 100 laps. The Nationwide team continued with their eyes forward and brought home their fourth top-10 finish of the season after finishing ninth. This was Bowman’s seventh career top-10 finish in the series.
HOME TRACK: The No. 88 Nationwide shock technician Jason Seitzinger grew up in Shartlesville, Pennsylvania. He went to school at Berks Career and Technology Center in Leesport, Pennsylvania, which is approximately 70 miles from Pocono Raceway. Seitzinger’s first racing job was in the parts room at Penske Racing Shocks in Reading, Pennsylvania. His boss called him into his office one day and wanted to know if he was interested in a job at Hendrick Motorsports and he has been an employee of the organization since 2001.
Alex Bowman on racing at Pocono:
“Pocono is very unique. It’s one of a kind. It’s kind of fun to go somewhere that is different than all the other places we go.”
Bowman on Pocono's unique corners:
“I think the Tunnel Turn is pretty challenging, especially since they paved it, it has just gotten really fast. It’s probably the most challenging corner.”
Bowman on the Pocono Selfie Session:
“I think that Pocono had a great idea with this 'Selfie Session.' Fans usually only get drivers' autographs, but for this appearance they are getting a photo. I am excited to meet all of the fans and spend some time taking photos on Saturday. Hopefully our selfie game is strong!”