Hendrick Motorsports’ new man: Alex Boman

Hendrick Motorsports’ new man: Alex Boman

After the retirement of Jimmie Johnson at the end of the 2020 NASCAR season, a gaping hole was left in the roster. Johnson left some big shoes to fill, the seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion raced for Hendrick Motorsports and drove the number 48 car for Ally Insurance. Luckily, Hendrick Motorsports has someone in reserve for just such an occasion.

Alex Boman is the newest racer to officially join the 40 car roster in the Winston Cup series this season. Alex Boman is no rookie though. He began racing as a dirt track racer, and after being hospitalized as a result of an injury in 2011, he set his sights on stock car racing, specifically NASCAR. Roger Penske then took notice of Boman’s talent and signed him on as one of his racers. Although he was a stock car racer, he had not yet met his goal of racing professionally in NASCAR.

Alex Boman’s professional NASCAR career dawned in 2016 after Dale Earnheart Jr, was injured in a severe crash. Boman raced on behalf of Earnheart for a total of ten events, finishing three events in the top ten racers. Boman’s talents did not go unnoticed by major racing brands. Hendrick Motorsports signed him on as a reserve racer soon after his substitution for Dale Earnheart Jr.

While in reserve, he was paired with crew chief Greg Ives. Ives would go on to lead Boman to his first two wins and many more top-ten finishes. Alex Boman’s third win came this year at Richmond. He shocked racing fans, as the favorites to win were the much more experienced drivers. Hendrick Motorsports paired Boman with Ives and Jimmy Johnson’s old Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. The trio works and Hendrick Motorsports kept the trio together. Boman now sits at 13th place in the NASCAR Cup Series with five playoff points. A promising start to a promising career for Hendrick Motorsports’ new man: Alex Boman!