On Wednesday, JR Motorsports announced that Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year candidate Alex Bowman will return to the team’s No. 5 Chevrolet to drive in the DAV 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 8. In a one-race deal, sponsorship will be provided by LINE-X, a brand of spray-on bedliners for pick-up trucks.
JR Motorsports is very happy to have Bowman back in the car after his performance at Charlotte.
“We were really impressed with how well Alex ran at Charlotte,” said JR Motorsports Co-Owner/General Manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller. “For LINE-X to also see that potential and come on board for Phoenix is exciting for our team. We feel like Alex is going to be a star in the sport and this is a great chance for him to show his talent in one of our cars.”
LINE-X, which has sponsored teams in NASCAR in the past, most notably with Billy Ballew Motorsports in the then-Craftsman Truck Series, is very happy to make a brief return with JR Motorsports and Bowman.
“We are very excited to get back on the track with the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and to make this return with Alex Bowman and JR Motorsports is truly an honor for us,” said Kevin Heronimus, CEO of LINE-X, LLC. “As a company, we have followed Alex’s career since his days in the ARCA Racing Series. We are thrilled to join Alex and the JR Motorsports team for the race in Phoenix.
At Charlotte, Bowman drove an entry for JR Motorsports sponsored internally by “Dirty Mo Radio,” a blanket branding for four online radio shows that JR Motorsports produces for dalejr.com, in the Drive For The Cure 300. Bowman qualified seventh and ran in the top-5 for much of the race before fading to a 12th-place finish.
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