NASCAR Truck: Matt Tifft returns to competition at Chicagoland
By AMANDA VINCENT
NASCAR driver Matt Tifft plans to make his return to Camping World Truck Series competition in Friday’s race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., according to an announcement from Red Horse Racing on Monday. Tifft will return to the driver’s seat of the No. 11 Toyota truck entry of RHR for the Chicagoland race.
“I’m excited to get back behind the wheel,” Tifft said. “I’ve really missed being at the track, so I’m very happy to be back and able to race the No. 11 Tundra with BrainGear and Surface Sunscreen on board.”
Tifft has been sidelined as a result of surgery to remove a low-grad glioma, a non-cancerous tumor, from his brain in June. Prior to stepping away from racing for his surgery and recovery, Tifft was running partial schedules in both the Truck Series and the Xfinity Series. In the Xfinity Series, he drove the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing on a part-time basis.
“We’re really glad to have Matt back in the No. 11, but more importantly, we’re glad that he’s healthy,” Red Horse Racing owner Tom DeLoach said. “We’re looking forward to finishing out the season strong with him back in action.”
Tifft first climbed back into a race car on Sept. 5, testing a late model at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway. The previous day he got some seat time in a go-kart. He originally planned to try his hand at driving a late model again in August, but that opportunity was delayed until early this month.
Prior to his surgery, Tifft made three Truck Series starts from behind the wheel of the No. 11, posting a best finish of fifth at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in May. That is his career-best finish, to date.