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Matt Tifft takes first laps since brain tumor surgery

Joe Gibbs Racing product and NASCAR Next driver Matt Tifft appears to be progressing in his recovery from brain surgery to remove a tumor, posting a photo on his Twitter account Monday showing him in full gear and in the cockpit of a race car -- with the all-important thumbs-up.


After jumping in a go-kart on Sunday, Tifft tested a late model at Hickory Motor Speedway. He originally had planned to test last month, but confirmed to NASCAR.com that Monday's test was his first action.


The team announced in June that the 20-year-old would undergo surgery for a low-grade glioma in the brain, which he did in early July. 


Tifft tweeted an upbeat video following the surgery and updated his condition last month, addressing the media at Bristol Motor Speedway.


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