After substituting for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. the second half of last season, it's been announced Alex Bowman will take over the no. 88 car in 2018. Junior is retiring at the end of this Monster Energy Cup Series season.

Bowman shared substitute duties with retired driver Jeff Gordon last year when Junior suffered a concussion. While Hendrick Motorsports said to be looking for other drivers for the 88, such as Matt Kennseth, Brad Kesolowski, and the recently retired Carl Edwards, Bowman got the call and the support of Dale Jr.

 

Bowman has 81 career Cup starts and 50 Xfinity starts, where he has finished third two times driving for Earnhardt Jr's JR Motorsports.