But on Sept. 17, Bowyer will race for Earnhardt, taking the wheel of the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.
Bowyer will be sponsored by Morton Buildings, from Morton, Illinois. The company is in its third year of partnership with JR Motorsports.
Earnhardt recently won his first race in a JRM-owned and prepared race car two weeks ago at Richmond International Raceway.
“When Dale Jr. offers to let you drive his car, there’s only one answer and that’s ‘yes’,” Bowyer said in a media release. “JR Motorsports is certainly on a roll right now and I know those guys are working hard to make the boss happy by building fast cars.”
Bowyer won the Xfinity Series championship in 2008 and has eight wins in the series (as well as eight in the Sprint Cup Series and three in the Camping World Truck Series).
He is scheduled to become the ninth driver to drive JRM’s No. 88 “All-Star” car in 2016, joining Josh Berry, Alex Bowman, Cole Custer, Chase Elliott, Kenny Habul, Kevin Harvick, Regan Smith and Earnhardt. In nine starts this season, the team holds two wins (Daytona and Richmond), five top-five and eight top-10 finishes.