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Alex Bowman Replaces Dale Earnhardt Jr., Big Shoes to Fill

Alex Bowman inherits Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 88 at Hendrick Motorsports
Alex Bowman inherits Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 88 at Hendrick Motorsports

Alex Bowman, casually dressed in jeans and a gray T-shirt, apologizes for running a few minutes late to an appointment at the Hendrick Motorsports shop where Bowman’s No. 88 Chevrolets are housed and worked on daily.

 

But all is quiet at the nearly deserted building on this November afternoon. Most Hendrick employees are nearly 800 miles away in Homestead, Fla., where Dale Earnhardt Jr. is embarking on his final race weekend as a driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

 

NASCAR Remembers Retired Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s career made an impact on Rick Hendrick, Jeff Gordon, Richard Petty and many more.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s career made an impact on Rick Hendrick, Jeff Gordon, Richard Petty and many more.

The retirement of Dale Earnhardt Jr., who won NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver award for the 15th consecutive year in 2017, leaves a void. The sport as a whole will miss the man whose legions of fans long ago rose up as one Junior Nation.

 

Earnhardt easily was the most recognizable face and name in NASCAR for the last decade and a half. He will continue to be involved in the sport as a co-owner of JR Motorsports, which fields XFINITY Series teams, and as a race analyst in the NBC booth.

 

Chase Elliott Talks Dale Jr., Denny Hamlin and No. 9 Chevrolet

Hendrick Motorsports' Chase Elliott is poised to be NASCAR's next superstar.
Hendrick Motorsports' Chase Elliott is poised to be NASCAR's next superstar.

The torch has been passed, from one son of a Hall of Famer to another. With the retirement of Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chase Elliott is poised to assume the role of fan favorite. In two years at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup level, Elliott, the son of Hall of Famer Bill, has already built an impressive fan following. His popularity is expected only to grow as Dale Jr. fans look for a driver to latch on to.

 

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<p> Athlon Sports contributor Tom Bowles examines the economics of NASCAR, where corporate funding makes the cars go 'round.</p>
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