#88 NASCAR Team News and Links

OFFICIAL TEAM/DRIVER LINKS
Hendrick Motorsports
Alex Bowman

PRIMARY SPONSORS LINKS
Nationwide Insurance
Axalta Coating Systems
Axalta Racing
LLumar (Darlington)

ASSOCIATE SPONSORS LINKS
Valvoline
Team Valvoline

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Team Hendrick - Twitter
Hendrick88Team - Twitter
Hendrick Motorsports - Pinterest
Hendrick Motorsports - Facebook
Hendrick Motorsports - Instagram
Hendrick Motorsports - YouTube
Alex Bowman Racing - Twitter
Alex Bowman Racing - Facebook
Alex Bowman - Instagram
Nationwide88 - Twitter
- Facebook
Axalta Racing - Twitter

STATISTICS
Alex Bowman - ESPN
Alex Bowman - RacingReference.info

MORE INFO
2018 #88 Paint Scheme page,
2017 #88 Paint Scheme page
2016 #88 Paint Scheme page
Paint Scheme Gallery
Driver Appearances
Team Address/Contact

Nationwide Insurance [19 races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor at the following races in 2018:
Daytona, 2/18
Las Vegas - 3/4
Phoenix - 3/11
Auto Club - 3/18
Martinsville - 3/25
Texas - 4/8
Bristol - 4/15
Richmond - 4/21
Talladega - 4/29
Dover - 5/6
Pocono - 6/3
Michigan - 6/10
Richmond - 9/22
Talladega - 10/14
Kansas - 10/21
Martinsville - 10/28

Axalta [17+1 races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor at the following races in 2018:
Atlanta - 2/25
Kansas - 5/12
Charlotte, All-Star Race/Open), 5/19
Sonoma - 6/24
Chicago - 7/1
Daytona - 7/7
Kentucky - 7/14
New Hampshire - 7/22
Pocono - 7/29
Michigan - 8/12
?Darlington - 9/2
Indianapolis - 9/9
Las Vegas - 9/16
Charlotte - 9/30
Dover - 10/7
Texas - 11/4
Phoenix - 11/11
Homestead - 11/18

Eastman/Llumar [1 race] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor at the following race in 2018:
?Darlington - 9/2

Valvoline [2 races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor at the following races in 2018:
TBA

see Jayski.com's Dale Earnhardt Tribute Page
Contract Status: (if known)
Driver: 2019; Primary Sponsors: Nationwide 2018; Axalta 2018;


#88 Team / Driver News

Axalta, Hendrick extend partnership: Axalta (NYSE: AXTA), a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, and 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports have agreed to a four-year contract extension that will take one of the most enduring sponsorships in NASCAR through 2022. Beginning in 2018 and throughout the new 2019-2022 agreement, Axalta will be featured as a 25-race primary sponsor of Hendrick Motorsports' Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 teams competing in the Cup Series. Over the next two years, Axalta will be a primary sponsor of Hendrick Motorsports drivers Alex Bowman (15 races in 2018 and 12 races in 2019) and William Byron (10 races in 2018 and 13 races in 2019). Schedules for the 2020-2022 seasons will be announced at a later date.[More](3-23-2018)

Eastman joins Hendrick Motorsports to sponsor Alex Bowman: Eastman Performance Films, LLC, a subsidiary of Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE: EMN), has joined 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports as a primary sponsor of driver Alex Bowman and the No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team in the premier NASCAR Cup Series through 2020. The sponsorship featuring the LLumarĀ® brand of window film and paint protection film was announced today at Eastman's Elite Dealer Conference in San Diego.[More](2-23-2018)

Move over, Dale Jr.-Alex Bowman puts No. 88 Chevrolet on pole for Daytona 500: Junior Nation, you have a new standard bearer. Alex Bowman, the successor to Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, couldn't have had a more auspicious start to the next phase of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career-namely, winning the pole position for next Sunday's season-opening Daytona 500. In his first official competition as the full-time driver of the vaunted No. 88, Bowman sped around 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway in 46.002 seconds in the second and final round of Sunday's single-car qualifying, a time that translated to an average speed of 195.644 mph. [More](2-11-2018)

Doug Douchardt named COO at Chip Ganassi Racing: Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that long-time racing executive Doug Duchardt has been named Chief Operating Officer of the corporation. Duchardt begins the role effective immediately in preparation for the upcoming 2018 seasons while Max Jones is promoted to Managing Director of the team's NASCAR Operation joining Mike Hull, Managing Director of the team's INDYCAR and IMSA Operations. Additionally, a newly formed Corporate Office will include Team Owner and CEO Chip Ganassi, President Steve Lauletta, COO Duchardt, CFO Chuck Gottschalk and Vice President of Human Resources Rob Wilder. The Corporate Office will oversee all of CGR's racing and commercial activities globally.[More](1-3-2018)

Top 10 die-cast of 2017: The die-cast car from Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s final race as a full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver was the best-selling paint scheme for Lionel Racing in 2017. Lionel Racing released its top 10 list Thursday. Earnhardt paint schemes take up five of the 10 spots. The Axalta/Last Ride car at Homestead-Miami Speedway consisted of a design Earnhardt drove early in his career.[More](12-16-2017)

NASCAR and Concussions: Concussions have recently become a major issue in professional sports, but they've been a health issue racers have faced for decades: The potential for head injuries that can debilitate for life. In the spring of 2002, Dale Earnhardt Jr. wrecked hard during a NASCAR race, with the driver's side of his car slamming the concrete wall at a frighteningly high speed.[More](12-2-2017)

Bowman unveils new 2018 #88 Axalta Camaro: To kick off a season of change, the #88 Axalta Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will debut a fresh look when it hits the track at Daytona in 2018. Featuring a predominately darker base color with bright pops of color on the sides, the unique scheme is a bit of a contrast to the fiery Axalta Chevy that Dale Earnhardt Jr. piloted in 2017.[More](12-8-2017)

Earnhardt, Jr. wins most popular for 15th year: Dale Earnhardt Jr. wrapped up his final season as a NASCAR driver with one last piece of hardware. He won the Most Popular Driver Award on Thursday night for the 15th consecutive time. The award is based on a fan vote and sponsored by the National Motorsports Press Association. Only Bill Elliott won the award more than Earnhardt - 16 times between 1984 and 2002 - before he removed his name from consideration.[More](11-30-2017)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. named Grand Marshal for 60th Annual DAYTONA 500: Dale Earnhardt Jr. is indeed returning to the DAYTONA 500, although in a different role than the previous 20 Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway. Earnhardt, who has retired from Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition, will serve as the Grand Marshal for the 60th running of "The Great American Race" on Feb. 18, 2018.[More](11-29-2017)

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s final sendoff has a noble purpose: Tony Stewart had some sage advice for Dale Earnhardt Jr., as NASCAR's most popular driver faced his first season of retirement from full-time driving in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. "Stewart told me that first year's a weird one," Earnhardt said on Tuesday night before a gala at the Cosmopolitan simultaneously celebrating his career and his partnership with Nationwide Children's Hospital.[More](11-29-2017)

Dale and Amy Earnhardt Fund to be formed at Nationwide Children's Hospital: Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife, Amy, have long been supporters of Nationwide Children's Hospital, so much so that an activity room at the hospital was dedicated in their name earlier this year. That's why on Giving Tuesday - the driver was ecstatic to announce the formation of the Dale and Amy Earnhardt Fund at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The Dale Jr. Foundation will launch the fund with a gift of $88,888.88.[More](11-28-2017)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Homestead Press Conference...the transcript Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #88 Axalta Chevrolet SS, met with members of the media at Homestead-Miami Speedway and discussed competing in his final race as a full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver, his emotions going into his final race, the group of people he will have around him and many other topics (Team Chevy). See the full transcript HERE.

Martinsville Speedway Contributes $10,000 to Start Endowment for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Honorary Scholarship When #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. leaves Martinsville Speedway for the final time as a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver, he will leave behind a legacy that will be felt not only in the garage and in the grandstands, but at Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC), as well. Martinsville Speedway contributed $10,000 to start an endowment for the Dale Earnhardt Jr. Honorary Scholarship in the school's Motorsports Program. Each year, two students enrolled in the program, who have a minimum GPA of 2.5, will receive a $1,000 scholarship.(Martinsville Speedway)[Read More Here](10-28-2017)

Amy Earnhardt expecting a baby: Dale Jr said Tuesday that the couple has a daughter on the way.[More](10-16-2017)

#88 spotter change next season: T.J. Majors will leave Hendrick Motorsports as Kevin Hamlin serves as Alex Bowman's spotter.[More](10-16-2017)

Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s #2 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Presented to Dale Earnhardt Jr. by Talladega: Before six-time Talladega Superspeedway winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. takes his final laps at the track he considers his "second home" in Sunday's Alabama 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race, the track surprised him Friday afternoon by presenting him - on permanent loan - with the No. 2 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by his father Dale Earnhardt Sr. to the 1980 NASCAR Championship title. The presentation was made by Grant Lynch, Charmain of Talladega Superspeedway, and Alabama Senator Gerald Dial, Chairman of the Board of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame (IMHOF), located outside of the 2.66-mile track.[More](10-13-2017)

Keselowski to honor Earnhardt Jr at Talladega: He will drive a #2 Miller Lite Ford with a scheme that resembles his #88 US Navy he drove for Earnhardt in XFINITY Series.[More](10-9-2017)

Earnhardt, Jr. to be inducted into Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame: Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Texas Motor Speedway will forever be synonymous as the NASCAR superstar captured milestone victories in two national series at the world-renowned motorsports facility. That connection from his first career wins in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and XFINITY Series coming at Texas Motor Speedway will be further strengthened by Monday's announcement of his induction into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame during November's AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader playoff weekend.[More](10-9-2017)

Charlotte, Speedway Children's Charities establish Dale Earnhardt Jr. Concussion Research Fund: In honor of local hero Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s considerable contributions to the NASCAR community throughout his iconic career, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Speedway Children's Charities have established the Dale Earnhardt Jr. Concussion Research Fund at Carolinas Healthcare System's Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina. The $100,000 gift underwrites ImPACT baseline concussion testing for more than 10,000 student athletes at 62 middle schools, high schools and athletic associations across eight area counties as well as Johnson C. Smith University and Gardner-Webb University. [More](10-6-2017)

Hendrick Motorsports unveils 2018 paint schemes: Thursday evening, Hendrick Motorsports ushered in a new era with the reveal of its four primary Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 paint schemes for the 2018 Daytona 500. The thrilling event, held in uptown Charlotte, not only featured all four of the organization's 2018 drivers - Chase Elliott, William Byron, Jimmie Johnson and Alex Bowman - but also saw Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick, four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon, 14-time most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and 1988 Cup champion Bill Elliott supporting them on stage.[More](10-5-2017)

Hendrick Motorsports 2018 car reveal Thursday at NHOF On Oct. 5 in Charlotte, North Carolina, 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports will reveal the 2018 Daytona 500 primary paint schemes for all four of its Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 teams. It will mark the first time Hendrick Motorsports has unveiled all four of its Daytona 500 cars together and the first official appearance of the team's 2018 driver lineup:
- Chase Elliott and the #9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
- William Byron and the #24 Axalta Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
- Jimmie Johnson and the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
- Alex Bowman and the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
The event is open to fans via the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Information on how fans can attend is available at the NHOF website. The event will also be streamed live on NASCAR.com and the Hendrick Motorsports Facebook page.(Hendrick Motorsports / NASCAR Hall of Fame)[Read More Here](10-3-2017)

Hendrick Motorsports announces several team promotions: Hendrick Motorsports has elevated eight senior leaders into new positions designed to strengthen the 12-time and defending NASCAR Cup Series champions and enhance the team's overall management structure. The eight executives, who will assume their new roles immediately, have more than 150 combined years of service with the organization.[More](8-15-2017)

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. joining NBC in 2018: Dale Earnhardt Jr., the motorsports icon voted by fans as NASCAR's Most Popular Driver for an unprecedented 14 consecutive years (2003-16), will join NBC Sports Group's NASCAR coverage beginning in 2018, it was announced Monday. Earnhardt will be utilized in a number of capacities on NBC's NASCAR coverage, with specifics to be announced in the coming months. In addition, the agreement with NBCUniversal allows Earnhardt a wide range of opportunities in the company's media businesses, including movies, television, podcasts, and other areas.[More](7-24-2017)

Hendrick, Earnhardt, Jr., Bowman press conference transcript: Following the announcement that Alex Bowman would drive the #88 next season, Rick Hendrick, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Alex Bowman met with the media Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.[More](7-23-2017)

Alex Bowman to replace Earnhardt, Jr. in the #88 next season One year after his impressive debut with Hendrick Motorsports, the team has named Alex Bowman full-time driver of the #88 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Cup Series with a 19-race majority sponsorship from Nationwide beginning in 2018. Bowman, 24, piloted the #88 Chevrolet SS in 10 of the final 18 Cup races last season in place of injured driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. The Tucson, Arizona, native debuted July 17, 2016, at New Hampshire and went on to earn three top-10 finishes with the team including a sixth-place result at Phoenix, where he won the pole position and led a race-high 194 laps.[More](7-20-2017)

Hendrick Motorsports GM Doug Duchardt leaving Hendrick Motorsports executive vice president and general manager Doug Duchardt will leave the organization later this summer. He will remain in his role through the end of June. Duchardt, 53, came to Hendrick Motorsports in January 2005 as vice president of development, a position in which he oversaw race car design, engineering and production. In July 2013, he was elevated to the newly created role of general manager, directing all racing operations for the team. Duchardt's responsibilities will be assigned to multiple team members, including Hendrick Motorsports president Marshall Carlson, chief financial officer Scott Lampe and vice president of competition Ken Howes. The organization does not plan to fill the general manager role.(Hendrick Motorsports)[Read More Here](6-6-2017)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. press conference transcript: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. met with members of the media Friday at Richmond International Raceway.[More](4-28-2017)

Dale Earnhardt, Jr retirement press conference transcript: Dale Earnhardt, Jr and Rick Hendrick met members of the media on Tuesday afternoon to discuss Earnhardt, Jr's decision to retire from the Cup Series at the end of the season.[More](4-25-2017)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. wanted to step away on his own terms, announces 2017 will be final season: More than anything, Dale Earnhardt Jr. wanted to be the master of his own destiny. In announcing his retirement from Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing on Tuesday at the Hendrick Motorsports campus in Charlotte, North Carolina, Earnhardt described his primary motivation during months of physically and emotionally exhausting rehabilitation from a concussion that sidelined him from the final 18 races of the 2016 season.[More](4-25-2017)

Earnhardt Jr. to retire from NASCAR Cup Series following 2017:After 18 seasons and more than 600 races behind the wheel, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will bring his NASCAR Cup Series driving career to a close at the conclusion of 2017. Today, he shared the news with members of his #88 Hendrick Motorsports team. The fan favorite and two-time Daytona 500 champion will discuss his decision in a press conference this afternoon. He will be joined by Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick, for whom Earnhardt has driven since 2008. The two first met about the driver's decision on March 29. [More](4-25-2017)

Johnson, Dale Jr. and Gordon help out Sam Bass NASCAR licensed artist Sam Bass has opened a GoFundMe.com account to try and raise $350,000 for a kidney and pancreas transplant. Bass has waged on an ongoing battle against medical issues resulting from his diabetes. You can donate to Bass' account by clicking here.(FoxSports)[More](4-22-2017)

Facebook's Zuckerberg Hot-Laps Charlotte with Dale Jr. Mark Zuckerberg is no stranger to innovation, but the CEO of Facebook tested the limits on something entirely new on Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Zuckerberg joined Hendrick Motorsports driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. for a high-speed ride around the iconic 1.5-mile superspeedway before climbing behind the wheel of a NASCAR Racing Experience stock car. Zuckerberg's trip to Charlotte Motor Speedway is part of a year-long challenge that involves visiting every U.S. state and meeting with people to learn more from communities and help Facebook continue to positively influence the world. Zuckerberg's 800-horsepower adrenaline rush followed an earlier tour of the nearby Hendrick Motorsports facility and a meeting with Charlotte Motor Speedway President and General Manager Marcus Smith (CMS)[More](3-14-2017)

Forbes ranks NASCAR's most valuable teams: A dozen years ago, few leagues could match the popularity of NASCAR, which boasted record-high viewership and was going toe-to-toe with the NFL. But then few leagues suffered worse during the economic crash.[More](2-23-2017)

Earnhardt, Jr wants to retire on his own terms: Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s highly anticipated return to Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing is less than one month away. No one is more enthusiastic about the most popular driver's comeback than Earnhardt, who spoke with media during Wednesday morning's segment of the 35th Annual NASCAR Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway. Earnhardt hasn't competed since last July at Kentucky Speedway when the aftereffects of a concussion he sustained in a crash in June forced an early end to the 26-time race winner's season. During his time out of the car, Earnhardt had an eventful December which saw the Hendrick Motorsports driver get married and get cleared to return to action this year. He still had a decision to make, though.
"To get approved to race is one thing but to decide to race is another," Earnhardt said. "You have to make the decision if you want to keep racing and if you want to keep racing you've got to give 100 percent. ... I had to answer a lot of personal questions from myself and just really buy in (to returning). All of that was a process and I'm really happy with what I decided to do. I'm just hoping to enjoy what's left of my career and hopefully I get to make the decisions myself as far as how much longer I want to race. I'm really excited about my future."(Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour Notes)(1-25-2017)

Congrats: Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR's most popular driver, married longtime girlfriend Amy Reimann on Saturday night. Earnhardt and Reimann have dated since 2009 and got engaged in June 2015 in Germany at a church where Earnhardt's ancestors had attended seven generations and 300 years ago. "I'm so excited, so thrilled to be a part of it and look forward to our future," Earnhardt said four weeks prior to the ceremony. The wedding Saturday night was at the Childress Vineyards -- owned by NASCAR race team owner Richard Childress -- in North Carolina.(ESPN.com)(1-1-2017)


Born to Win Print..by Garry Hill:
Dale Earnhardt Jr. In The #8 Dale Earnhardt Inc.
Chevy Takes The Checkered Flag In The
46th Running Of The Daytona 500
"The Great American Race" February 15, 2004
It is with great excitement that we [Garry Hill] present "Born To Win". The artwork captures Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s historic victory in the 2004 Daytona 500,"The Great American Race". 500 prints and 50 artist's proof prints have been produced, each signed and numbered by NASCAR licensed artist Garry Hill. 100 Prints And 50 Artist's Proof Prints are Being Hand Signed By Winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. More info and to see the print, go to garryhill.com.(2-16-2005)

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