Alex Bowman Sep 25, 2022; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Alex Bowman (48) before the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Bowman was involved in an accident last week at Texas Motor Speedway and, due to concussion-like assumptions that he’s been experiencing since he will not be competing in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Hendrick Motorsports shared the announcement and said that he would be replaced by Xfinity Series driver Noah Gragson, who had 13 Cup-level starts in 2022. The 24-year-old driver has won four Xfinity races in a row and also won the April 23 NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Talladega.

“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 enters this weekend in 12th in the points standings and 30 points outside of the top eight ahead of the second race in the NASCAR playoff’s second round. Only the top eight drivers after this round will advance to the third round, which means that Bowman is essentially going to be eliminated from contention.

Bowman’s accident was one of many tire-related incidents last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, which caused a lot of controversy around NASCAR circles.

The news about Bowman garnered a lot of strong reactions around the NASCAR world.

[Hendricks Motorsports]

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