By AMANDA VINCENT
Tony Gibson, the crew chief for Kurt Busch and the No. 41 Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team at Stewart-Haas Racing, had an emergency appendectomy on Tuesday, and as a result, is expected to miss a portion of the Sept. 25-27 race weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon that will culminate in Sunday’s running of the Sylvania 300.
Stewart-Haas Racing, although not confirming the appendectomy, did confirm that Gibson is expected to be absent for the early portion of the race weekend. According to the race team, Gibson will arrive at the track when he feels physically able to work.
Gibson confirmed the appendectomy via Facebook by posting, “Thanks everyone for the prayers, calls, texts and Facebook messages. Got home from the hospital last night. Just really sore today. Who needs an appendix anyway????”
He’s expected to make the trip to NHMS sometime between Friday morning and Saturday afternoon. If Gibson doesn’t arrive until Saturday, he’ll miss first practice and pole qualifying.
In Gibson’s absense, team engineer John Klausmeier fill fill-in as crew chief, while SHR Competition Director Greg Zipadelli takes on additional responsibilities.
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