Ryan Truex, the younger brother of Martin Truex Jr., was rushed to the hospital early in the morning on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The NASCAR Nationwide Series driver was experiencing severe stomach pains. It was quickly determined that he would need to have an emergency appendectomy. After his appendix was removed without complications, he just needed to recover. On Wednesday, May 30, 2012, it was announced that he was cleared to race in the 5-Hour Energy 200 at Dover International Speedway. The driver will be racing for Joe Gibbs Racing on Saturday, June 2, 2012.
So far this season, Ryan Truex has participated in four races. The race at Dover will be his fifth. Though he is only running a part time schedule, he did get a top 10 finish at Bristol Motor Speedway. In March, the driver finished in 10th after starting in 15th. Hopefully, he will continue to improve as he gains more experience. Prior to his time with the Nationwide Series, the driver raced in the K&N Series. He saw significant success during his time with the series.
Dover is an important track to Truex. Although it is not his hometown track, it is the NASCAR track that is closest to his family and hometown. He knows the track and is likely as prepared for the race as any other driver, despite the recent emergency surgery. If he has recovered, he will likely do well in the next race since he is so familiar with the track.
Though an appendectomy is a relatively routine procedure, things can still go wrong. I am glad that his recovery went smoothly and that he will be back out on the track at Dover. He has a lot of potential and hopefully in the next year or so, he will get a fulltime ride for the Nationwide Series. If he can do well in the rest of his races this season, it seems like he would have a good chance. His fans are likely expecting a lot from him at Dover. Hopefully, the recent appendectomy will not impact his performance in the race.
Kristin Watt has been a NASCAR Winston Cup, now Sprint Cup, fan for as long as she can remember starting way back when she was a little girl and her mother would sit on the couch with her every Sunday during the season to watch the races. Back then, they were fans of Bill Elliott and newcomer Davey Allison.
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