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NASCAR Earnhardt Replacement Auto Racing

Alex Bowman to replace Earnhardt Jr. in No. 88 car in 2018

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. got the replacement he wanted. Alex Bowman got his dream job.

Hendrick Motorsports announced Thursday that the 24-year-old Bowman will replace one of the series' biggest stars in the No. 88 car next season after Earnhardt retires.

Bowman has big shoes to fill. Earnhardt was named NASCAR's most popular driver each of the last 14 seasons and fans of his late father often tracked Junior's results following Dale Earnhardt's fatal crash in the 2001 season opener at Daytona.

Standings: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

As of: Jul. 21
RankDriverPointsPV Rank
1Martin Truex Jr.7581
2Kyle Larson7202
3Kyle Busch6503
4Kevin Harvick6394
5Denny Hamlin5895
6Chase Elliott5876
7Jamie McMurray5727
8Brad Keselowski5648
9Jimmie Johnson5529
10Clint Bowyer52610
11Matt Kenseth52411
12Ryan Blaney48612