NASCAR Cup: Dale Jr. commits Twitter no-no
Alex Bowman receives car in the Kansas Speedway infield care center (photo courtesy of Dale Earnhardt Jr., via Twitter).
By AMANDA VINCENT
Alex Bowman has been substituting for the sidelined Dale Earnhardt Jr. behind the wheel of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and Earnhardt has been impressed by Bowman’s performance. Bowman continued in that substitute role at Kansas Speedway this past weekend that culminated in Sunday’s running of the Hollywood Casino 400, qualifying in the top-five and finishing the race inside the top-10, despite battling a stomach virus.
Earnhardt sent out a tweet about Bowman’s Kansas weekend, though, that was frowned up, because, unbeknownst to Earnhardt, “Taking pictures in medical rooms and stuff like that (is) frowned upon.”
Earnhardt tweeted a photo of Bowman in the track’s infield care center, receiving treatment for his illness, and tweeted (@DaleJr
), “The Showman @AlexBRacing
did good today. Top 10 with a stomach bug @Nationwide88
guys gave him a great car.”
During his “Dale Jr. Download” weekly podcast on Monday, Earnhardt touched on the issue with his tweet.
“I got a little slap on the wrist, but I just wanted everybody to know how hard he worked and what he was going through inside the car,” Earnhardt said. “He was sick and wanting to puke. It wasn’t fun, but every time they threw the rag on green-flag restarts, he was up on the wheel and ran hard. I just wanted everybody to know that not only did he do a good job and he’s a good driver and he realized some potential, but he battled through some adversity to do it.”
Bowman finished seventh at Kansas for his second top-10 behind the wheel of the No. 88. He finished 10th at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., last month.