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      NASCAR Cup Series playoffs Round of 12 kicks off for Bowman in Dover

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      PLAYOFF STANDINGS: Alex Bowman and the No. 88 team clinched a spot in the Round of 12 after finishing last weekend’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the fourth position. During the Round of 16, Bowman averaged a starting position of 8.3 and a finishing position of 11.7. It marks the first time in the driver’s career that he has advanced to the Round of 12.

      RECENT STATS: Bowman captured two top-10 stage finishes last weekend at the “roval,” earning valuable stage points to help him advance in the playoffs. On five different occasions, Bowman has finished at least five positions better than his average running position at tracks this season. Before the 2018 season, Bowman had yet to capture a top-five finish, but so far this season he has earned three. The driver finished fifth at Bristol Motor Speedway in the spring, third at Pocono and fourth last weekend at Charlotte.

      ALEX BOWMAN: “Dover is just really physical. It’s a long race. Four-hundred laps around that place is tough. We had a really good car there at the beginning of the year and just got off on pit strategy and could never recover. So, I think if we can just do a little better job there and not get rained on and have a full 400-mile race, it will be a good one.”

      Dover is just really physical. It’s a long race. Four-hundred laps around that place is tough.

      Alex Bowman

      BOWMAN AT DOVER: Bowman has five previous starts at Dover International Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series. Earlier this season, the 25-year-old driver finished 23rd after qualifying 15th at the track. Bowman’s best finish of 20th came back in 2015. The driver has six starts at the track in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, where he earned two top-five finishes. Bowman led 33 laps en route to a third-place finish in 2016 when he ran select races with JR Motorsports. In the fall of 2016, the driver qualified fourth and finished fifth for JR Motorsports. Bowman has one start at the one-mile track in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, finishing 23rd due to engine issues after completing 86.8 percent of the laps.

      IVES VS. MILES THE MONSTER: No. 88 team crew chief Greg Ives has called the shots seven times at Dover International Speedway. Ives’ drivers have accumulated one top-five finish and three top-10s at the one-mile track and have an average finish of 14.3. The Michigan native has four starts as a crew chief at the track in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and earned two top-five finishes and three top-10s. From 2006-2012, Ives was a race engineer on the No. 48 team. During that time, he was part of four pole awards, four wins and 10 top-10 finishes at Dover.

      Via Hendrick Motorsports