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Alex Bowman Driving No. 25 Xfinity Car at Michigan

The NASCAR Xfinity Series has always been a breeding ground for young drivers to showcase themselves in top-notch equipment, and this year’s Great Clips 250 Benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America at Michigan International Speedway will be no different as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Alex Bowman will drive the No. 25 Chevrolet for Athenian Motorsports.

The team, which uses Hendrick Motorsports chassis and engines, made the announcement Thursday morning.

Bowman, who races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Tommy Baldwin Racing, replaces John Wes Townley, who will run the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park. Townley is currently fifth in points in that series.

Bowman has 39 career starts in the Xfinity Series with a best finish of third at Daytona in February 2013. Bowman also has 48 starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Joining Athenian Motorsports, Bowman will also have the benefit of working with former Sprint Cup Series crew chief Mike Ford.

The team is currently 19th in owner points and also had young driver Dylan Lupton run two races for them this season, with more planned throughout the year.

Townley will return to the car for the Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway on July 4.

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