Hendrick Motorsports has announced a contract extension for Alex Bowman and Nationwide Insurance to keep both in the No. 88 camp through the 2020 season.
Bowman is in his first full season with Hendrick this year. He was handpicked to replaced Dale Earnhardt Jr. after impressing when he substituted for the sport’s most popular driver during the second half of the 2016 season.
“Having this kind of support is incredible,” Bowman said of his one-year contract extension. “From Nationwide and our other partners to Mr. Hendrick, Greg and all my teammates, I feel very fortunate to be in such an awesome position. We have an opportunity to have a lot of success together. To hear a sponsor like Nationwide and a team like Hendrick Motorsports say I’m their guy gives me a ton of confidence and motivation to go out there and deliver results.”
The news comes as Bowman continues to hang onto the final playoff spot — which would be his first appearance in the postseason — with five races left in the regular season. Through the season’s first 21 races Bowman has earned eight top-10 finishes and has led 67 laps.
In addition to extending with Bowman, sponsor Nationwide has signed a new two-year agreement with an increase in their presence. Nationwide began its primary sponsorship with Hendrick in 2015 and will now be on the No. 88 Chevrolet for 20 races each season starting in 2019.
Nationwide has a 19-race sponsorship on the car this year.
“We have such a strong partnership with Nationwide,” team owner Rick Hendrick said. “From doing great things in the community with Nationwide Children’s Hospital to driving significant value back to their business, it’s truly impressive to see how they consistently make the maximum impact with their racing program. We appreciate the incredible relationship with their whole team and look forward to more great things in the coming years.
“Alex has the talent to win races and compete for championships. He and Greg [Ives, crew chief] are clicking, and we have a lot of confidence in what they will accomplish together. From our driver and team to our sponsors, we have an exciting No. 88 program that’s set for the foreseeable future.”