Bowman cleared to return at Charlotte
Alex Bowman will return to NASCAR Cup Sequence competitors this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway after lacking the final three factors races due to a compression fracture.
In preparation for his return, Bowman ran 170 laps Tuesday at North Wilkesboro Speedway in a NASCAR-approved medical analysis. Bowman was injured on April 25 when he suffered a fractured vertebra in a dash automotive crash at 34 Raceway in Iowa.
“It’s a lift for all of us to have Alex return to the No. 48 automotive this weekend at our residence observe,” mentioned Rick Hendrick. “He’s nonetheless seventeenth in factors, which says lots about how effectively the group carried out at the beginning of the 12 months. Alex has labored exhausting to rehab the damage and are available again robust, and I search for him to proceed having a championship-caliber season.”
Bowman has been granted a playoff waiver by NASCAR. Earlier than being sidelined, Bowman was ninth within the standings with one of the best common end within the Cup Sequence.
Josh Berry drove the No. 48 Chevrolet in Bowman’s absence, together with over the weekend within the All-Star Race. Berry received the Open to advance to the $1 million characteristic occasion. In his three races as Bowman’s substitute, Berry’s greatest end was tenth at Dover Motor Speedway.
“Josh is an absolute professional,” mentioned Jeff Andrews, president and basic supervisor of Hendrick Motorsports. “His expertise and exhausting work allowed the group to proceed working at a excessive degree whereas Alex recovered. We will’t say sufficient in regards to the nice job he did underneath some difficult circumstances. We’re grateful to Josh and our companions at JRM for his or her assist.”