Following a crash during the first of two Sprint Cup Series practices at Michigan International Speedway, Ryan Truex was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. Truex got out of the car under his own power, walking to the ambulance, but was complaining of a headache and shoulder pain, per BK Racing.
Eight laps into the first practice, Truex lost the back end of his Toyota. He tried to correct it, and shot head-on into the outside turn two wall.
Truex, who broke his collarbone in 2013 while riding a motorcycle, was scheduled to start 31st in Sunday’s race.
FOX Sports 1 announced during their broadcast that Johnny Sauter will fill in for Truex in Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race.
Update 8/16 2;24 p.m. EST – Sauter will not fill-in as he does not fit in Truex’s seat. BK Racing has announced that J.J. Yeley will fill in for Truex on Sunday.
Truex underwent a CT Scan and X-rays on his shoulder at the hospital and while the results looked good, he will sit out Sunday’s race.
“The tests look good,” BK Racing owner Ron Devine said. “But they’re sending him back to North Carolina for further evaluation. We need to make sure that Ryan is ok.
“We appreciate J.J. Yeley stepping in for Ryan while he recovers. It was hard hit.”