David Ragan Substituting for Matt Tifft in Subway Firecracker 250

David Ragan Substituting for Matt Tifft in Subway Firecracker 250

by June 28, 2016 0 comments

David Ragan will race for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series this upcoming weekend at Daytona International Speedway as a substitute for Matt Tifft, the team announced on Tuesday.

Tifft, who was originally scheduled to pilot the No. 18 NOS Energy Toyota this weekend, is to undergo surgery for a low-grade glioma – a form of brain/spinal tumor – that was found in his brain in the past week.

The 20-year-old from Hinckley, Ohio was most recently sidelined for the American Ethanol E15 250 at Iowa Speedway after undergoing treatment for a disc issue in his lower back.

Via his Twitter account, Tifft said that the tumor is in no way related to his back ailment and subsequent treatment.

A return date for Tifft has not yet been announced.

Ragan will make his first series start in a full year with Joe Gibbs Racing on Friday. The two-time XFINITY Series race winner’s last start in the series came in the 2015 running of the Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona last July in what was a seventh-place effort.

Ragan is a veteran of 106 starts in the series with his two wins coming at Bristol Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway in 2009.

The driver of the No. 23 BK Racing Toyota in the Sprint Cup Series is also a one-time race winner at Daytona in the Cup level, winning with Roush Fenway Racing in 2011.

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