By AMANDA VINCENT
When Matt Kenseth gets on track at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway for the Feb. 13 Sprint Unlimited exhibition race and the Feb. 21 Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series “official” season opener, he’ll be without regular spotter, Chris Osborne, according to a recent report from NBC Sports. The report also named Lorin Ranier as fill-in spotter.
On Sunday, Mike Calinoff, Kenseth’s friend and former spotter, made a Facebook post confirming Ranier as Kenseth’s spotter at Daytona.
Osborne is out of commission as he continues to recover from injuries sustained in a December automobile accident Those injuries include a compound fracture of his right leg. As a result, he has 25 screws in his leg. His next doctor’s appointment is February 16, but Osborne is not optimistic that he’ll receive clearance to make the trip to the Daytona 500.
“My gut feeling is I won’t make Daytona,” Osborne told NBC. “I want to be there as bad as anyone. It kind of knocked the wind out of my sails when they said I absolutely would not be going to the Unlimited.”
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