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Bowman to replace Earnhardt in No. 88 car in 2018

Bowman to replace Earnhardt in No. 88 car in 2018

"We've been really good here the last couple of years and being able to score the wins in the Brickyard 400 has been extra special", Busch said. To hear him tell it, he had a ride lined up and a sponsor who was interested. "I had a boss that said no". "I would certainly. I thought that I had a great opportunity to do it". So that leaves his "male boss" and that would be his team owner Joe Gibbs. Have they won as many races as the other series drivers?

"I think the biggest thing that scares my boss is that I've never driven those cars and so I don't know - you know, a Cup auto or an Xfinity vehicle or a truck or something like that like I know what to feel and how to feel and when something bad starts to happen, I can straighten it out or normally I can try to fix it although that didn't quite happen one time", Busch said. Busch drives a Toyota in NASCAR so they may not be that happy to see Busch represent Chevy or Honda. "But, you know, there may be more in the future guys coming over to run that race, so, you know, I may have to split the limelight if you will with somebody else that kind of wants to do that race, but I think it'd be fun". And much like Kurt Busch, Alonso was competitive.

Busch's brother Kurt, himself a former champion as well as this year's Daytona 500 champion, raced at the Indy 500 in 2014, finishing 6th. He'd like to add a May stop to his already full 2018 schedule and attempt the fabled double bill of the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600. Busch wound up encountering problems and finished 40th in Charlotte.

On the year, only Martin Truex Jr., who's won three times and leads the standings, and Kyle Larson, who's won twice and is second in the standings, have been consistently better. He just needs another pole qualifying run to break the tie with Alan Kulwicki at 28th on the all time wins list.

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