Alex Bowman points to the pole award sticker on his car after winning the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

Ralph Freso

The Ironwood Ridge High grad, 24, had a remarkable career as a younger drive, winning six times in the ARCA series. He has already driven in 51 NASCAR Infinity Series races and has been hired to replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the NASCAR circuit in 2018.

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