Just over a week after undergoing an emergency appendectomy, Ryan Truex has been cleared by doctors to compete in this weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series “5-Hour Energy 200” at Dover International Speedway.
Truex was rushed to the hospital after experiencing severe discomfort in the early morning hours last Tuesday, and subsequently underwent surgery to remove a badly inflamed appendix. The 20-year old New Jersey native has now been cleared for competition, and said he is anxious to return to the cockpit.
"I felt fine Monday evening, but around 2 a.m. felt a sharp pain in my stomach. I went to the hospital to find out that my appendix hadn't burst, but needed surgery to be removed," said Truex. "The procedure went extremely well and I'm ready to get back in the No. 20 Grime Boss Toyota this weekend. I'll just be a little lighter."
Dover International Speedway is a special place for the Truex family. Ryan and older brother Martin Truex Jr. grew up just across the state line in Mayetta, N.J., and both raced at the “Monster Mile” while progressing through the ranks of NASCAR competition. Ryan Truex has two K&N Pro Series East starts at the Monster Mile en route to the 2009 and 2010 series' championships, with a best finish of third in 2010. He also has two Nationwide starts there, notching an eighth-place finish with Joe Gibbs Racing last fall.
Truex will carry the Grime Boss colors on the hood of his No. 20 JGR Camry this weekend.
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