Tifft back behind the wheel after undergoing brain surgery
NASCAR Next driver Matt Tifft is finally behind the wheel of a race car again after being cleared by his doctors to do so.
Tifft's 2016 season was put on hold when he had to undergo brain surgery for a benign low-grade glioma at the beginning of July. He was cleared by doctors to return to racing in mid-August as his recovery progresses.
But over the weekend, he was driving once more. On Saturday, he went karting, and then Sunday, he tested a Late Model car for DLP Motorsports at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
The 20-year-old was scheduled to run 13 NASCAR Xfinity Series races for Joe Gibbs Racing this season. Before being sidelined, he had run six of those races with a best result of eighth and a pole at Talladega.
He was also running several races for Red Horse Racing in the Truck Series. In his absence, Brett Moffitt was able drive the No. 11 truck to his maiden CWTS victory at Michigan.
During an appearance at Bristol Motor Speedway two weeks ago, Tifft talked about how relieved he was to be back.
"It’s great to see everybody. I’ve really missed being at the race track. I don’t think I’ve ever been away from a race track that long.
“This was something we couldn’t mess with, or wait around. It hadn’t taken a cancerous form yet but in the future it very well good have.”
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