Alex Bowman will not return to NASCAR Cup Series racing at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL this weekend because of continuing concussion symptoms, Hendrick Motorsports announced on Oct. 4.
The absence will mark the second consecutive Cup race the Arizonian will miss due to health reasons after he suffered concussion-like symptoms in a crash at Texas Motor Speedway. The absence will also solidify his elimination from the playoffs and the No. 48 team will not qualify for the Round of 8.
“Alex’s health is our first priority,” Jeff Andrews, president and general manager of Hendrick Motorsports said in a release. “We’re focused on supporting his recovery and seeing him back in his race car when the time is right. Alex has a long career ahead of him, so we will invest the necessary time and take our guidance from medical experts. We’re putting no pressure on him to return before he’s 100% ready.”
Full-time JR Motorsports driver Noah Gragson will fill-in for the injured 29-year-old driver for the second time in a row and will make his first career Cup Series start on a road course. Gragson started seventh and finished 19th at Talladega Superspeedway last Sunday.
— Alex Bowman (@Alex_Bowman) October 4, 2022
Before his absence, Bowman racked up a win, four top fives and 12 top 10s in 2022 and had qualified for the Round of 12 in the Cup Series playoffs.
It is still unknown when the No. 48’s full-time driver will return.
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