Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports said Thursday afternoon it will miss Sunday’s Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway after experiencing concussion-like symptoms following last weekend’s crash at Texas Motor Speedway.
Bowman is the second Cup driver to miss a race due to concussion symptoms after the crash. Kurt Bush hasn’t returned to racing since crashing at Pocono on July 23. Bush said this week that he remains “hopeful” he can return this season. There are six races left in the season, including Sunday’s race at Talladega.
Noah Gragson replace Bowman.
Hendrick Motorsports said Bowman, who is bottom of the playoff standings, was seen by doctors on Thursday in Charlotte, North Carolina.
If Bowman returns, he will likely need to win the October 9 race at the Charlotte Roval to avoid playoff elimination.
Bowman issued a warning on lap 98 of the 334-lap race in Texas when a tire burst and hit the wall in turn 4. The car then crashed into the SAFER barrier on the right side. Bowman continued, finishing the race 29th, five laps behind the winner. Tyler Reddick.
Drivers stated that rear impacts felt worse than they looked with the new car.
“From the very beginning, it was clear to everyone that this car was too rigid. Kevin Harvick said earlier this summer. “When I crashed it (at Auto Club Speedway practice) I thought the car was wrecked and it barely took off the bumper. It felt like someone hit you with a hammer.”
Christopher Bell said in June that he had a headache after crashing into a wall in an all-star race at Texas Motor Speedway in May.
Denny Hamlin said earlier this month that after speaking with series officials, he feels better about what NASCAR is going to do with the car.
“I definitely feel they are working to help us with landing gear,” Hamlin said. “All these things take time. They can’t just reflexively cut the bars out of the chassis, that’s very irresponsible.
“I think they’re doing everything methodically to make sure the next version of the car gets better in the areas we need to improve, but that takes time to design and test.”
Gragson was scheduled to drive the No. 62 Beard Motorsports car in Sunday’s Cup race. Justin Algayer will drive, and Gragson will move to car number 48.
It is completely unacceptable that responsible persons have brought matters to this point. I remember it like it was yesterday @dennyhamlin when presenting the new car to drivers, they referred to the fact that the car was too rigid. The data is inconsistent. TIME TO LISTEN TO THE DRIVERS CRASHING THEM! https://t.co/Q9urnlbaWa
— Kevin Harvick (@KevinHarvick) September 30, 2022
It is rather disappointing that our sanctioning body refuses to acknowledge or accept any responsibility for driver injuries. It’s the same as what THEY said. WE knew better. It is wrong that these drivers continue to be used by the system.
— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) September 30, 2022
— Alex Bowman (@Alex_Bowman) September 29, 2022
Get well soon https://t.co/R2iIWEVWWo
— Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) September 29, 2022
Hope to see you again on the track soon. I pray for you buddy. 🙏🏼 https://t.co/OnMx2kTEfG
— Justin Haley (@Justin_Haley_) September 29, 2022
TALLADEGA, Alabama. — John Hunter Nemechek starts from pole position in Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series.
Nemecek took 178.767 mph on pole.
Nemecek is one of only four playoff drivers to start in the top six: Chandler Smith (second, 177.732 mph) Zane Smith (fourth, 177.061) and You Maeski (sixth, 176.744). Maeski secured a spot in next month’s championship race in Phoenix thanks to his win at Bristol.
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The second race of the first round of the Xfinity playoffs takes the riders to Talladega Superspeedway.
Noah Gragson secured his place in the next round by winning last weekend in Texas. Ryan Sieg occupies the last position. Riley Autumn is the first driver below the cut line, one point behind Zig. Also below the cut line are the current champions of the series. Daniel Hemrick (-8 points), Brandon Jones (-12) and Jeremy Clements (-28).
Details of Saturday’s Xfinity Race at Talladega Superspeedway
(All time Eastern)
START: The command to start the engines will be given at 16:09 … The green flag should be raised at 16:21.
PRERACE: Xfinity Garage opens at 1:00 pm… Drivers introduction at 3:30 pm… Call will be given at 4:00 pm… Brookwood High School Choir will play the anthem at 4:02 pm.
DISTANCE: The race is 113 laps (300.58 miles) on a 2.66 mile race track.
STAGES: Stage 1 ends on the 25th lap. Stage 2 ends on lap 50.
TV/RADIO: USA Network will broadcast the race at 16:00. The countdown to green starts at 3:30 p.m. on the US network. … Motor Racing Network coverage starts at 3:30 p.m. and will also air on mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will broadcast MRN.
FORECAST: Weather Metro – Sunny with a temperature of 78 degrees and no chance of rain at the start of the race.
Talladega Superspeedway is known for high speeds, huge draft packs, sensational crashes and difficult finishes.
On Sunday (2:00 pm ET on NBC), this could be the site of a surprise entry.
Nineteen different drivers have won cup races this season, setting the record. If a new winner appears on the victory track at Talladega on Sunday, it will be the first time in the history of the sport that 20 drivers have won races in a single season.
One of the great things about this opportunity is that the rider with the undisputed best Talladega record among active riders is in a group that is still looking for victory in 2022. This is Brad Keselowski, who won six times at the biggest NASCAR track. . No other active driver has more than three. (Keselowski is tied for second on Talladega’s all-time win list with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon. Dale Earnhardt tops this list with 10).
Talladega and Daytona tend to forfeit repeat winners. The last nine races on the two tracks have been won by nine different riders.