Alex Bowman, driver of the No. 48 NASCAR Chevy Camaro ZL1 at the Cup Series level, has been sidelined from competition due to an injury sustained in a sprint car race on Tuesday, April 25th, 2023.
Hendrick Motorsports (HMS), the organization that fields the No. 48 Camaro for Bowman, said that Bowman is expected to miss at least three to four weeks due to his injuries. As such, he will miss the race at Dover Motor Speedway this coming weekend on April 30th, in addition to the races at Kansas Speedway on May 7th, Darlington Raceway on May 14th, and potentially the All-Star race at North Wilkesboro Speedway on May 21st.
Bowman was injured while racing at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa. He was involved in a wreck that resulted in a compression fracture of a vertebra.
In the meantime, Josh Berry, Xfinity Series regular, will sub for Alex Bowman behind the wheel of the No. 48 NASCAR Chevy. Berry has already competed in five races at the Cup Series level, as he was tapped to drive for Chase Elliott in the No. 9 Camaro when Elliott was injured in a snowboarding accident.
“First, I want to let everyone know I’m feeling ok,” Bowman said in a statement on social media. “My focus is now on healing and resting. Being out of the car is never an update any driver wants to make.”
“We’re relieved Alex is home, in good spirits and getting world-class treatment,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of HMS in a statement. “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. 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.”