Aric Almirola cleared to test in the next two weeks
The driver of the No. 43 Petty Enterprises Ford, who crushed his T5 vertebra in a wreck at Kansas Speedway on May 13, received a positive report from his doctors following a CT scan on Wednesday.
“Good news from the docs,” Almirola said in a text. “My CT scan shows really good bone growth in the damaged vertebrae. Doctors were pleased and have cleared me to test in the next two weeks.
“As long as that goes well and I have no pain, I will be cleared to resume competition.”
Almirola, 33, hopes to return to competition in time for the Monster Energy Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 16.
Almirola tested on a shaker rig last week at Roush Fenway Racing. He had no residual soreness from the simulated track motion. Almirola was in Sonoma last weekend for the race and remained in the Bay Area for a Smithfield Foods appearance.
Darrell Wallace will resume his substitute role this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Billy Johnson filled in for Almirola last weekend at Sonoma and finished 22nd.
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