Matt Tifft to make first start since brain surgery Friday in Chicagoland Truck race

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Matt Tifft announced Monday that he will compete in his first race since undergoing brain surgery in June.

Tifft will compete in Friday’s American Ethanol e15 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway. He’ll drive the No. 11 Toyota Tundra for Red Horse Racing.

“I’m excited to get back behind the wheel,” Tifft said in a release from the team. “I’ve really missed being at the track, so I’m very happy to be back and able to race the No. 11 Tundra with BrainGear and Surface Sunscreen on board.”

Tifft, 20, underwent surgery for removal of a low-grade glioma tumor in the brain July 1.

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Tifft’s last race before his surgery was in the May 21 Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where he finished a season-best fifth (in three starts).

“We’re really glad to have Matt back in the No. 11, but more importantly we’re glad that he’s healthy,” team owner Tom DeLoach said in a release. “We’re looking forward to finishing out the season strong with him back in action.”

Tifft will be sponsored by BrainGear Performance Formula, which, according to the media release, “is a brain performance formula developed by top neurologists, scientists and industry experts that provides immediate focus, clarity and concentration while optimizing brain health and performance over time.”

There has been no update on Tifft’s Xfinity schedule with Joe Gibbs Racing.

He’s started six series races. His most recent start was May 14 at at Dover International Speedway. He tied for his season best of eighth place.

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