Alex Bowman will miss Sunday’s race at Talladega after his crash at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Hendrick Motorsports said Thursday that Bowman was experiencing “concussion-like symptoms” and wouldn’t be able to participate. He’ll be replaced by Xfinity Series driver Noah Gragson.
“After undergoing medical evaluation due to concussion-like symptoms, I will not be driving the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet in Talladega,” Bowman said in a statement. “I’m disappointed but know my health is the number one priority. I am committed to follow all medical guidance to ensure I can return to competition as soon as possible.”
Bowman is currently 12th in the points standings and was set to enter Talladega 30 points outside of the top eight ahead of the second race of the second round of the playoffs. The top eight drivers after the three races of the second round of the playoffs advance to the third round.
Bowman was one of the numerous drivers that had tire problems during the Texas race. He hit the Turn 4 wall hard after a tire went down on his car though he kept racing. Bowman said after the crash that it was the "hardest hit" he'd ever experienced as a driver at any level even though the crash looked relatively innocuous to the naked eye.
Alex Bowman in the wall!#NASCARPlayoffs // @USA_Network pic.twitter.com/7YPuKHtxBc— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) September 25, 2022
It did, however, look similar to the crash Kurt Busch had during qualifying at Pocono. Busch suffered a concussion during that wreck and hasn’t been able to return to the Cup Series since.