NASCAR Cup Series driver Alex Bowman suffered a fractured vertebra and is expected to miss three to four weeks of competition following a ferocious wreck during at 34 Raceway during the High Limit Sprint Car Series.
On Tuesday night in West Burlington, Iowa, Conner Morrell collided with Bowman. Morrell’s vehicle jumped Bowman’s right front tire sending him crashing down the straightaway and into the corner. He tumbled at least four times before his car eventually came to a stop.
Meanwhile Bowman’s car was turned perpendicular to the straightaway and he began tumbling down the straightaway and into the corner as well.
According to FloRacing both drivers exited their vehicles under their own power.
Bowman would post an update to his Twitter account revealing he fractured a vertebra in the wreck.
He wrote, “Last night I was involved in an on-track incident while racing and fractured a vertebra. First, I want to let everyone know I’m feeling ok. My focus is now on healing and resting. Being out of the car is never an update any driver wants to make.”
“I’m thankful to Josh Berry and Hendrick Motorsports for stepping up to the plate and I know the entire Ally Racing team will give it their all these next few weeks,” he continued.
Bowman concluded, “I’ll be doing everything I can at home to help the team and ensure my recovery is as quick as possible to get back in the 48 car soon.”
In a press release, Hendrick Motorsports provided further information about Bowman’s injury detailing he “was treated locally last night and evaluated again this morning in Charlotte, North Carolina.”
Team owner Rick Hendrick said, “We’re relieved Alex is home, in good spirits and getting world-class treatment. Giving him ample time and the foremost resources to heal is our top priority. He’s having a tremendous season, and the No. 48 is at the top of its game.”
He added, “We know what Josh is capable of in the race car and that Blake (Harris, crew chief) and the team will continue operating at a high level until Alex is ready to return. He has our full, unequivocal support.”
Hendrick Motorsports went on to announce they will request a medical waiver so that Bowman will remain eligible for the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.