Before he has had a chance to return to racing, NASCAR Next driver Matt Tifft is sidelined again for an indefinite period of time.
Joe Gibbs Racing announced Tuesday that Tifft, a 20-year-old student at UNC Charlotte who has been driving partial schedule in the Xfinity Series for the organization this season, will undergo surgery for removal of a brain tumor.
The slow-growing tumor was found during his recent treatment and evaluation for a disc condition in his back.
According to JGR, Tifft is expected to undergo surgery and rehabilitation soon, and once cleared by physicians, is expected to return to racing.
Sprint Cup Series regular David Ragan will drive the team’s No. 18 Toyota in Friday night’s Xfinity race at Daytona International Speedway.
In seven career Xfinity starts, Tifft won one pole and has three top-10 finishes. He has one top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 18 career Truck races. He has also been running a partial schedule this season in Trucks with Red Horse Racing.
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