Alex Bowman, who is last in the playoff standings, will miss Sunday’s Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway after experiencing concussion-like symptoms following his accident last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, Hendrick Motorsports stated Thursday afternoon.
Noah Gragson will fill in for Bowman.
Bowman is the second Cup driver to miss a race because of concussion-like symptoms after a crash. Kurt Busch has not returned to racing since he crashed July 23 at Pocono. Busch said this week that he remains “hopeful” he can return this season. Six races remain in the season, including Sunday’s race at Talladega.
Hendrick Motorsports stated that Bowman was evaluated by physicians Thursday in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Provided Bowman returns, he likely will need to win the Oct. 9 race at the Charlotte Roval to avoid playoff elimination.
Bowman brought out the caution on Lap 98 of the 334-lap race at Texas when a tire blew and he backed into the wall in Turn 4. Bowman continued, finishing the race 29th, five laps behind winner Tyler Reddick.
Drivers have stated that rear impacts have felt worse than they looked with the new car.
“From the get-go, everybody could see that this car was way too stiff,” Kevin Harvick said earlier this summer. “When I crashed it (at Auto Club Speedway in practice), I thought the car was destroyed and it barely backed the bumper off. It just felt like somebody hit you with a hammer.”
Christopher Bell said in June that he had a headache after he backed into the wall in the All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway in May.
Gragson was to have driven the No. 62 car for Beard Motorsports in Sunday’s Cup race.
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