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Hall of Famer Red Farmer recovering after COVID-19 bout

NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Red Farmer is home and recovering after a five-day hospital stay because of COVID-19.

An update on Farmer’s condition was first reported Monday by Rick Karle of WVTM-13, an NBC affiliate in Birmingham, Ala. Farmer had informed the public that he had contracted coronavirus in a post to Facebook during the weekend, noting the severity of his condition.

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Karle said that the 88-year-old Farmer had spent five days at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham. “I felt like a truck ran over me and then drove in reverse and ran over me again,” Farmer told Karle, noting that his fever spiked to 104 degrees. “The doctors at Grandview told me if I went in a day later, I may not have made it. Those doctors and nurses saved my life.”

Karle reported that Farmer’s two-week quarantine period will end after the weekend, and that he hoped to return to racing dirt Late Models in early October, in conjunction with NASCAR’s racing weekend Oct. 3-4 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Farmer was elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021. He is scheduled for induction next year with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mike Stefanik.