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August 20, 2018

Stewart-Haas’ Tony Gibson recovered after suffering stroke last month

Tony Gibson at the track during the 2017 season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Rainier Ehrhardt

Stewart-Haas Racing production manager Tony Gibson announced Monday that he has returned to work after a six-week recovery from a stroke.

Gibson said from his personal Twitter account that he suffered a blood clot in his brain July 6. The ailment, he said, affected his vestibular system, which controls the sensory functions of balance and orientation through the eyes and ears.

Gibson, 53, has been with Stewart-Haas Racing since 2009, its first season in NASCAR’s top series. The longtime crew chief shifted to the role of production manager in the offseason, a move that that significantly reduced his travel duties while keeping him hands-on with his oversight of vehicle fabrication for SHR’s four-team operation.

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Gibson filled in as a crew chief this April for Stewart-Haas’ No. 10 team and driver Aric Almirola at Bristol Motor Speedway. He subbed on qualifying day after the team’s regular crew chief, Johnny Klausmeier, was home for paternity leave.

Stewart-Haas Racing leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this year with 10 wins in 24 races.