As the NFL world reacts to Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffering a severe head injury on Thursday night just four days after he returned to a game following an apparent concussion on Sunday afternoon, NASCAR has its own issue with a driver continuing to compete despite head trauma.
During last weekend’s Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, driver Alex Bowman was involved in a brutal wreck that will keep him out of this week’s race at the Talladega Motor Speedway due to concussion symptoms. However, Bowman was still allowed to finish the race despite the big collision and his radio comments mentioning how hard the hit was and saying that he won’t be able to finish the race.
In a highlight video shared by Fox, an in-car camera shows the moment Bowman the wall along with a radio transmission where he tells his team he won’t be able to finish the race.
— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) September 28, 2022
“Done,” Bowman said in the video. “I can’t drive the rest of the day. I don’t understand how this thing’s still rolling. That’s the hardest I’ve ever crashed anything in my entire life.”
Still, Bowman finished the race in Texas before it was determined that he had concussion symptoms. And the racing world absolutely blasted NASCAR for allowing that to happen.
— Adam Preston (@_apreston) September 30, 2022
It's remarkable to see how much Bowman's head shudders. Like a cartoon character, the energy of the strike goes through his entire body. Hope he recovers.
— a.k.a. Andrew (@AKlahn) September 30, 2022
1:23 mark @Alex_Bowman says:
“I can’t drive the rest of the day. I don’t understand how this thing is still rolling. It’s the hardest that I’ve crashed anything in my entire life.”
FWIW: Bowman did continue driving with the concussion. He finished -5 laps down in 29th. https://t.co/3WamSrEwQE
— Racing & Politics Accountabili-Buddy (@Nascar_RealTime) September 30, 2022
Bowman’s crash is 1:23 in this.
It didn’t look like much, but listen to Bowman.
Guys, I really hope nothing bad happens at Talladega to a driver.
Dega is a track where the crashes can be hard…#NASCARhttps://t.co/f8coq3Nxbe
— Kevin D. Grüssing (Pronounced Grew-sing) (@KevDGrussing) September 29, 2022
Woof. Bowman in this video: "Done. I can't drive the rest of the day. I don't understand how this thing's still rolling. That's the hardest I've crashed anything in my entire life." https://t.co/8vjUbEzxcy
— Dillon Skiffington (@Squiblon) September 29, 2022
Around the 1:23 mark is the Alex Bowman radio transmission after the wreck where he mentions how hard the hit was. … He finished the race at Texas. He will miss the Talladega race after suffering concussion-type symptoms. https://t.co/C9JprlPgKS
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) September 29, 2022
If the NFL and the Miami Dolphins are going to face criticism for their handling of Tua Tagovailoa’s head trauma, NASCAR will get its fair share of criticism for this, too.