Alex Bowman out after NASCAR crash at Texas Motor Speedway
Last weekend, NASCAR raced at Texas Motor Speedway. This weekend, the NASCAR Playoffs are set to continue at Talladega Superspeedway but the No. 48 driver of Alex Bowman won’t be racing.
Watch the Alex Bowman crash video below.
Last week, Bowman entered turn three at Texas Motor Speedway and got loose. The backend just snapped around and he backed it into the outside wall.
The crash looked minimal. However, the Next Gen car is sturdy and even light crashes have been problematic this season.
“Done. I can’t drive the rest of the day,” Alex Bowman stated over the team radio after the crash.
He added, “I don’t understand how this thing’s still rolling. That’s the hardest I’ve crashed anything in my entire life.”
However, Bowman did finish the race in his mangled machine.
Alex Bowman: Statement on Talladega
On Thursday, Bowman issued the following statement:
“After undergoing medical evaluation due to concussion-like symptoms, I will not be driving the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet in Talladega,” the statement opened.
“I’m disappointed but know my health is the number one priority. I am committed to follow all medical guidence to ensure I can retiurn to competition as soon as possible.”
Bowman is one of the 12 drivers remaining in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.
NASCAR has granted Bowman a playoff waiver. However, due to the missed race at Talladega, he likely wouldn’t be able to make the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Playoffs on points alone. Bowman will likely have to win the race at the Charlotte Roval the following week.
Noah Gragson will step in to fill the seat of the No. 48 this weekend.
In late July, Kurt Busch backed his No. 45 car into the fence at Pocono Raceway. That driver has yet to return, he’s also suffering from concussion-like symptoms.