Unknown Alex Bowman will get recognized soon enough when he takes over Earnhardt's ride

Sunday, 12 November 2017, 04:08:14 AM. Alex Bowman has a chip on his shoulder, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. said it's time for the kid from Tucson to drop it when he takes Junior's ride next year
So the soon-to-be new full-time driver of the Nationwide No. 88 Chevrolet decided to take his girlfriend on a date the other night. And when you’re the lucky guy who gets to take the wheel from NASCAR’s most popular driver the past 14 years – Dale Earnhardt Jr. – you take your girl out in style. “Yeah, we went to the movies,” Alex Bowman told the Arizona Republic during a phone interview this week. You’ll never guess what happened next. “Well, it was an R-rated movie and uh, I got carded,” the baby-faced Bowman said. Stock car racing’s next potential rising star is 24, but he still looks like a teenager. Race fans are beginning to learn about his rags-to-riches story -- a kid from Tucson who dominated midget-track racing in nearby Marana, and who climbed out of obscurity and into one of the most coveted rides in the sport. They just aren’t terribly familiar with his face. Bowman admits he’s been stopped, questioned and harassed by security guards at various race tracks around the country. That’s even more embarrassing than being asked for your ID before they let you inside to watch “American Made.” “Everybody kind of goes through that until your face gets out there a little bit,” said Bowman, who will be racing the No. 42 Energize Ultimate Lithium Battery Chevrolet on Saturday in the Xfinity Series’ Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix Raceway. “I was with Kyle Lawson in Las Vegas a couple years ago walking through the garage and they stopped him and made him show his actual driver’s...Read more
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