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19:30  07 december  2018
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Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Fenway reveal new paint schemes William Byron, Alex Bowman and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. revealed new paint schemes on Thursday. In his second full-time season, William Byron will have primary sponsorship from Hertz for four races. Once again, the paint scheme will be yellow and black. Keeping the yellow but adding some new accents. Take your first l????k at the 2019 #Hertz24 Camaro ZL1! — Hendrick Motorsports (@TeamHendrick) December 6, 2018 Alex Bowman and Dale Earnhardt Jr. revealed the 2019 Nationwide paint scheme at GoPro Motorplex. Here is the @nationwide88 scheme that you will see on track next season! pic.

INDIANAPOLIS — 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.

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Dale Jr.: Bowman 'the right guy' in the No. 88 seat© Streeter Lecka Getty ImagesMOORESVILLE, N.C. — Having had a few weeks to reflect on the 2018 NASCAR season, Alex Bowman said Thursday that he still has goals left unfinished after his first full season with Hendrick Motorsports. Though he checked another pole position and a first-time playoff berth off his list, he still wanted more — namely a tick mark in the win column.

Though the fortunes of the No. 88 outfit rose and dipped at points during the season, Bowman’s positive approach helped mitigate the sometimes team-wide struggles. It’s a characteristic that stood out for a vested outside observer — his predecessor, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr . took to Periscope on Saturday night and endorsed Alex Bowman as his replacement in the No . 88 Chevrolet for 2018. The 14-time Most Popular Driver will retire from full-time racing following the 2017 season, opening a primo seat with Hendrick Motorsports.

Alex Bowman will drive the No . 88 car for Hendrick Motorsports in 2018 and will keep Nationwide and Axalta as his sponsors. He has 81 career Cup starts, mostly for underfunded teams. He also has 50 starts in the Xfinity Series, including a pair of thirds when driving for Earnhardt 's JR Motorsports.

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“I think from outside the car, he handled it really well,” Earnhardt said. “You know, a young driver their first year, not performing the way you want to perform, he never put it on anybody, he never pointed fingers, never said anything that had a little attitude to it or anything like that. He just was like, ‘We’re going to keep working. We’re having some struggles, we’re going to get it right.’ I thought he kept his attitude great when he was frustrated. …

“And so I felt like that Alex proved this season that if they can get the cars where they need to be that they got the right guy in the seat. I think that that was important for Alex because the car did struggle.”

Bowman’s first campaign with the No. 88 team overlapped with the first season of the Chevy Camaro ZL1 in the Monster Energy Series. Teammate Chase Elliott broke through for his first three wins in the second half of the season, but the organization fought to replicate its trademark performance with the new Chevrolet model and a retooled driver roster.

NASCAR driver Alex Bowman, Dale Jr. working together to change what you think about 88

NASCAR driver Alex Bowman, Dale Jr. working together to change what you think about 88 Here he comes, just like in the old days, popping up with his scraggly beard and sharp blue eyes as a gaggle of fans erupt into applause. Long live the Dale Earnhardt Jr. experience. Only, on this day, the fans aren't here for Junior. They're here for his old ride, sure, for the unveiling of a new 2019 paint scheme for the No. 88 car Earnhardt made famous ... but they're not here for him. They're here for his replacement. This is a day for Alex Bowman. That No. 88 still invokes the legacy Earnhardt built during his storied career, but now those are only memories. The car belong to Bowman now. The number, too.

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Still, Bowman was one of three Hendrick drivers claiming postseason berths, joining Elliott and seven-time champ Jimmie Johnson in the 16-car field. Bowman survived a harrowing first three races of the playoffs to advance to the Round of 12, an achievement he said may have changed people’s perceptions.

“I’m still on the same page of we didn’t win and that’s pretty frustrating to me, but we made it further than a lot of people thought we would in the playoffs, which was really cool,” Bowman said. “I really just wanted more, but it was a rough year for all of us at HMS. So to kind of start where we did and make the progress that we did was pretty cool.”

Bowman ended his year with the first three top-five finishes of his premier-series career, including a fourth-place effort at the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course that helped him avoid the first postseason elimination. The 25-year-old driver said he hopes to improve on his stats in year two with Hendrick Motorsports, but acknowledged that some performance gains will be dependent on how quickly his organization adapts to a new rules package for 2019.

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Earnhardt said Bowman’s progression has the potential to mirror his own. Earnhardt said he set modest goals in his first year with crew chief Steve Letarte (now his broadcasting colleague at NBC Sports) in 2011 of running among the top 15. When he was able to accomplish that on a regular basis, the team reset the bar at top-10 performance, methodically inching closer to being a threat to win.

“They can’t expect to just jump out there next year and they’re just going to miraculously start contending for wins,” said Earnhardt, who estimated that his own team’s transition to becoming a top-tier contender was a three-year process. “You’ve just got to move those standards up and push that team to believe in those standards and work toward that goal.

“Last year, I think his goal would be to run in the top 10 any time they could. I believe they could raise that up a little bit to a top five this year and just aim for that every single week until that is happening every week, and then you can change that goal.”

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