Alex Bowman will remain at Hendrick Motorsports for the long-term future.
While it’s not official, team owner Rick Hendrick said it was “just a formality” until a contract extension is signed to keep the 28-year-old driver in the iconic No. 48 for multiple years when asked about it on Sunday afternoon at Dover International Speedway.
Bowman emerged victorious in the Drydene 400 but is in the midst of a second consecutive free agent season after signing a one-year pact to drive the No. 48 in 2021.
“We’ve already started,” Hendrick said of negotiations with Bowman and sponsor Ally. “It should be done any time. We want Alex there. He wants to be there. It’s kind of, at this point, just a formality.”
Hendrick confirmed the next contract would be a multi-year agreement.
“Just being at Hendrick Motorsports is obviously where I want to be,” Bowman added. “I want to continue to work with Ally and drive the (No.) 48 car. Like he said, we’ve been working on it. I think I want to be there, they want me to drive their race car.”
He spent his formative years at the highest level with BK Racing and Tommy Baldwin Racing before joining Hendrick Motorsports for 10 races in 2016 when Dale Earnhardt Jr. was sidelined due to concussion symptoms.
Bowman spent the 2017 season on an R&D contract with Hendrick, primarily turning laps on the Chevrolet digital simulator. He inherited the No. 88 from Earnhardt when he retired after the 2017 season. Bowman then took over the Ally sponsored No. 48 when Jimmie Johnson retired at the end of last season.
The win on Sunday was the second for Bowman this season and fourth of his career. He and Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing are the only multi-race winners this season.
Bowman inking a contract would see him join Truex and Denny Hamlin as would-be free agents to ink new agreements before reaching free agency at the end of this season. Other notable free agents to be include Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, Matt DiBenedetto and Ryan Newman.
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