Tucson's Alex Bowman could be a candidate to replace the retiring Dale Earnhardt Jr in the 88 car for Hendrick Motorsports.
Earnhardt is a 14-time winner of NASCAR's most popular driver award. He has 26 career Cup victories, and that includes a pair of wins in the Daytona 500.
Earnhardt is a two-time champion in NASCAR's second-tier series. But the son of the late seven-time champion has never won a Cup title.
Earnhardt turns 43 in October, was married during the offseason and has stated he wants a family.
He's also been plagued by concussions and missed half of last season after suffering yet another one. He's become an advocate for research of sports-related brain injuries.
A driver for 2018 for the 88 car is yet to be named, and the ride will be highly coveted.
Bowman, a graduate of Ironwood Ridge High School, filled in for Earnhardt Jr and won the pole at Phoenix International Raceway. He also recorded three top-ten finishes.