Two months after breaking both his legs, Truck Series driver Brett Moffitt has been cleared by his doctor and NASCAR to compete.
Moffitt announced that he had been cleared on Twitter and it was confirmed by NASCAR.
The GMS Racing driver and 2018 Truck Series champion broke his legs in a March 14 dirt bike accident at a friend’s house in North Carolina, a situation that occurred as a result of that day’s Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Truck Series is scheduled to hold its next race on May 26 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Moffitt will not have missed any races during his recovery.
“This quarantine is a blessing for the recovery time, but it would never have happened had we been at the race track,” Moffitt told NBC Sports last month. Moffitt accurately predicted then that “100% I’ll be ready before we get back to racing.”
After eight weeks of work and rehab, Aric Almirola will return to the cockpit of the No. 43 Ford this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Almirola has successfully gone through the process of recovering from a T5 compression fracture he suffered in a May crash at Kansas Speedway. In the above video, NASCAR America takes you through the rigorous process the 33-year-old driver went through to return to the track.
“If there is a widget or a gadget out there that claims it will heal you faster, I own it,” Almirola said.
Watch as Almirola swims, exercises and goes through a simulator test in his No. 43 Ford that recreates the pressures of racing at Bristol and Texas Motor Speedway.
All of that was in preparation for his first on-track action since the accident on Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“I’ll tell you what was crazy, was leaving pit road just going up through the gears, I went through second, grabbed third and I was like, ‘Crap, I’m flying’,” Almirola said. “You talk about the routine (of racing) you get so used to getting on the race track and going, the speed becomes normal. And when you get out of it a while and you get going 200 mph, you’re like ‘I am flying.'”
Watch the video below for Almirola’s full account of his first time back on-track.
John Wes Townley will miss the Camping World Truck Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway due to non-racing injury to his left ankle.
Brady Boswell will drive the No. 05 Chevrolet in his place.
Townley has missed the last two races at Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway because of his injury.
“The good news is I was able to get off the crutches last week,” Townley said in a press release. “The bad news is I’m still limping some. Nothing is broken. But it’s just going to take longer than I thought for it to heal.”
Townley will finish the season having competed in 18 of 23 races. He has two top 10s with a best finish of seventh at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Boswell will make his second Truck series start. He drove for Townley at Eldora Speedway and finished 21st.
“This will be a great opportunity for Brady,” Townley said. “I know he’ll do a solid job for Athenian Motorsports. He drove for us at Eldora this summer. I’m confident he can get us a strong finish at Homestead.”
Denny Hamlin will not attend Friday’s Sprint Cup banquet in Las Vegas as he recovers from his Monday knee surgery.
Hamlin’s girlfriend, Jordan Fish, shared the news on Twitter this week.
Hamlin injured his anterior cruciate ligament during a pickup basketball game before the regular season finale at Richmond International Raceway. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver put off the procedure to compete in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Two races after the injury, Hamlin won the Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway.
It’s the second time in five years Hamlin has suffered an ACL injury while playing basketball. He injured his left knee in the 2010 preseason and delayed the operation until after the sixth race.
Hamlin isn’t the only JGR driver planning for offseason surgery. Kyle Busch, the 2015 Sprint Cup champion, expects to have more surgery in the coming weeks on the foot and leg he injured in the Xfinity Series season opener at Daytona.
The Hamlin-less Sprint Cup banquet starts Friday at 9 pm ET on NBCSN.