Jimmie Johnson Reacts to Alex Bowman’s First NASCAR Ride in the Iconic 48 Car

Published 02/11/2021, 6:00 AM EST
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – SEPTEMBER 07: Alex Bowman, driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, talks with Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 08, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


At this year’s Busch Clash, the #48 car ran, for the first time, without Jimmie Johnson behind its wheel. Instead, Alex Bowman drove Hendrick Motorsports car at the race. He had a great start to the year after he began the race in second behind Ryan Blaney.

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In the end, he managed to finish seventh fastest out of 24 cars. Safe to say, Johnson was quite proud to see his literal successor on the track. Truthfully speaking, the dark purple #48 car looked pretty stunning out on track under the night sky. It was no wonder that Jimmie Johnson dubbed it a sweet ride.

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This isn’t the first time that Bowman has replaced a legendary driver. Prior to taking the #48 gig, he used to pilot the #88 Hendrick Motorsports car. Before Alex Bowman, the previous occupant was none other than Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Now, the driver has an even bigger job of stepping into Johnson’s shoes.

How will Alex Bowman perform in the 2021 Cup season?

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As has been established before, Bowman has big shoes to fill. However, this is Jimmie Johnson we’re talking about. The seven-time Cup Series champion has innumerable records that speak for themselves. However, Bowman will try everything in his power to live up to expectations.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 11: Alex Bowman, driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, walks to his car during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Luckily for Alex Bowman, the Busch Clash is a non-points race. In fact, many often treat it as a test session to prepare themselves for the weekend’s Daytona 500. The 500 marks the official start of the Cup Series season, so the Busch Clash is essentially a warm-up.

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Now, Bowman will use the next few days to refocus and attune himself to his new car. Although he may have been a little disappointed with seventh place at the Busch Clash, he has another crack at Daytona on Sunday.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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