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Spotter shuffle: Bowman to pair with Kevin Hamlin, Majors with Logano in 2018

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A pair of high-profile personnel moves announced Monday will shake up the spotters’ stand in 2018.

Alex Bowman announced Monday that he’ll work with spotter Kevin Hamlin next season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Hamlin joins the Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet team in place of TJ Majors, who will be moving to Team Penske in 2018 to spot for Joey Logano’s No. 22 Ford.

Majors currently serves as the eyes in the sky for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is in his final full season of competition. Bowman will take over as Earnhardt’s replacement in the No. 88 Chevy next year.

Majors announced earlier in the afternoon via Twitter that this season would be his last as the spotter for the Hendrick No. 88, thanking the organization for the friendships and memories accumulated over his 10-plus years there. Later Monday, he revealed his destination for 2018 on the “Door, Bumper, Clear” podcast on Dirty Mo Radio.

“I feel like this is somewhere where I can go and work probably until Joey retires,” Majors said on the podcast. “That was one of my deciding factors in it was that it was somewhere I could go and probably be … and I feel like Joey’s going to be competitive and he’s going to be competitive for a long time. Obviously it’s another great company to go to. Nothing but great things, I’ve heard a lot of great things about them and I look forward to it.”

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Majors also serves as the spotter for the JR Motorsports No. 7 team and driver Justin Allgaier in the XFINITY Series and Brad Keselowski Racing’s No. 29 for driver Chase Briscoe in the Camping World Truck Series.

According to Bowman, Hamlin will shift from his role spotting for driver Kasey Kahne and the Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 team. Kahne is set to leave the Rick Hendrick-owned organization for Leavine Family Racing in 2018.

Bowman was named as Earnhardt’s successor in July.