Martin Truex Jr. to race with broken wrist


NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. underwent an MRI on Monday that confirmed a scaphoid fracture and sprain in his right wrist. The injury was the result of a wreck on lap 448 in Saturday night’s Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway.

Truex is still expected to race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night, though. Doctors have fitted him with a special cast that enables him to better grip the steering wheel of his No. 56 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota. Truex has been cleared to race this weekend.

According to a press release from Michael Waltrip Racing, the team hasn’t yet determined if it needs a substitute driver on standby in case Truex can’t complete the full race distance. Truex has a lot to race for Sunday in Atlanta and the following Saturday night at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. He heads into the Atlanta race 14th in the championship points standings and is in provisional possession of the first of two wild card berths into the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

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