Matt Tifft to undergo surgery for brain tumor
NASCAR team Joe Gibbs Racing issued a medical update on driver Matt Tifft on Tuesday. According to the announcement, Tifft has a low-grade glioma — a slow-growing tumor — on his brain, for which he will undergo surgery to remove. According to the JGR announcement, the tumor was discovered during treatment for a disc issue in his back.
Tifft was scheduled to drive the No. 18 JGR Toyota in Friday night’s Xfinity Series race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. In his absence, David Ragan will drive the car at Daytona. Ragan is a regular driving in the Sprint Cup Series as a driver for BK Racing, another team in the Toyota stable. Ragan has a previous professional relationship with Joe Gibbs Racing, serving as a fill-in driver behind the wheel of JGR’s No. 18 Sprint Cup entry early in 2015, substituting for then-injured Kyle Busch.