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Blake Harris Crew Chief for Alex Bowman in 2023

Blake Harris will move to Hendrick Motorsports as Alex Bowman‘s NASCAR Cup Series crew chief in 2023, Hendrick announced Oct. 14.

Harris comes over from Front Row Motorsports, where he’s currently Michael McDowell‘s crew chief.

Greg Ives, the current crew chief of the No. 48, announced last summer he is stepping down at the end of the year.

“Blake brings a tremendous amount of talent to our organization,” Jeff Andrews, president and general manager of Hendrick, said in a release. “In our conversations, it quickly became clear that he’s an excellent culture fit and believes in the way we approach competing and winning. He and Alex have already developed a relationship, so we’re excited to see how they grow together. Greg has assembled a winning team, and we believe Blake is the perfect person to continue that work.”

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Added Harris, “The opportunity to work with a winning driver like Alex, an engaged sponsor like Ally and a championship team like Hendrick Motorsports is huge. When I moved to North Carolina in 2005, my goal was to become a crew chief for a top-caliber organization that could win races and compete for titles. I’m grateful for the chance to fulfill that dream and look forward to building something special with the No. 48 team.”

A replacement for Harris at FRM has not been announced.

“I’m pumped about the chance to work with Blake,” Bowman said. “He’s a great fit for me, for our No. 48 group and for the way Hendrick Motorsports operates week in and week out. With Blake and everyone who supports this Ally Racing team, I know we can build on what Greg started and take this to the next level.”

Before being sidelined due to injury, Bowman made the 2022 Cup playoffs and had one win, four top fives and 12 top 10s.

With Harris at the helm, McDowell has earned two top fives and a career-best 12 top 10s in 2023.

About the author

Rutherford is the managing editor of Frontstretch, a position he gained in 2015 after serving on the editing staff for two years. At his day job, he's a journalist covering music and rock charts at Billboard. He lives in New York City, but his heart is in Ohio -- you know, like that Hawthorne Heights song.

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