MRI confirms Martin Truex Jr. suffered scaphoid fracture of wrist
Martin Truex Jr. will pursue a berth in NASCAR’s postseason wearing a cast for the indefinite future after suffering a fractured and sprained wrist in last Saturday night’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Doctors confirmed the broken scaphoid bone in his right wrist Monday and fitted Truex with a cast Tuesday, Michael Waltrip Racing said in a team release. The team said Truex, who will be better able to grab the steering wheel with his specially made cast, worked closely with NASCAR officials and has been cleared to compete in Sunday night’s AdvoCare 500 (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The team said it has not determined whether Truex will need a relief driver in Sunday’s race.
Truex ranks 14th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings, and he currently holds one of two provisional Wild-Card berths in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff field. His victory at Sonoma Raceway in June snapped a 218-race losing streak and gave him a leg up on his postseason rivals. Just two races remain before the 12-driver field of championship-eligible drivers is locked for the final 10-race stretch.
Truex was injured in a multicar crash on Lap 448 of the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol after heavy impact with the outside retaining wall. He gingerly exited his battered No. 56 Toyota and was treated and released at the Tennessee track’s infield care center.