Hendrick Motorports was dealt a huge blow to their No. 88 team today, according to Adam Stern. Stern is reporting that Nationwide Insurance will end its relationship with Hendrick, leaving a big chunk of races unsponsored for Alex Bowman in 2020.
— Adam Stern (@A_S12) June 12, 2019
Stern states that Nationwide will continue to work with Dale Earnhardt Jr. in some capacity. Nationwide joined Hendrick in 2015, becoming the primary sponsor for Earnhardt’s No. 88 ride.
Hendrick Motorsports has confirmed the news.
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) June 12, 2019
The company will sponsor Alex Bowman in 20 events during the 2019 season.
Bowman’s deal with Hendrick Motorsports runs through 2020. He received an extension last year following Nationwide’s renewed commitment through the 2020 season.
Bowman has five top ten finishes and three top five finishes in 15 races this season. He currently sits 10th in the Monster Energy Points standings.