UPDATE (1:21 p.m. ET): While we wait for official word on Ryan Truex’s availability to race tomorrow at Michigan, Mike Massaro of ESPN has now tweeted that Truex’s potential replacements in the No. 83 BK Racing Toyota may not be able to do the job because they can’t fit in the driver’s seat.
Replying to USA Today’s Nate Ryan, Massaro tweets that it “sounds” like J.J. Yeley may now be the backup for Truex if he is not able to compete in tomorrow’s Pure Michigan 400.
Massaro had reported during today’s Sprint Cup final practice that BK was looking at Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton as potential subs.
The No. 83 did not turn a lap in that final practice session.
UPDATE (11:43 a.m. ET): ESPN’s Mike Massaro has provided an update on Ryan Truex’s status for tomorrow’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
According to Massaro’s report during Sprint Cup final practice, Truex was complaining of pain around his right collarbone – which he broke last spring – and was also suffering from a headache.
He has not yet been cleared to drive, so his BK Racing team is trying to come up with a backup plan just in case.
Per Massaro’s report, BK is looking at Camping World Truck Series drivers Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton to potentially drive Ryan Truex’s No. 83 on Sunday if necessary.
However, Crafton is apparently “first choice” since he got track time yesterday filling in for Martin Truex Jr. in his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing car. Truex was absent in order to be with his girlfriend as she underwent surgery for ovarian cancer.
The second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice of the weekend at Michigan International Speedway was marred by a hard practice crash involving Cup rookie Ryan Truex.
The BK Racing driver wrecked while coming out of Turn 2. USA Today writer and NBCSN contributor Nate Ryan reports that Truex walked away from the crash with medical personnel, but NASCAR later confirmed that Truex would be taken to a local hospital for further evaluation.
MRN Radio’s Dave Moody has tweeted a shot of the rather significant damage on Truex’s No. 83 Toyota after the incident. Needless to say, it was a good hit:
Before his crash, Truex was one of 33 drivers that broke the 200 mile per hour mark during this morning’s practice – which was led by Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick and his lap of 203.183 mph in the No. 4 Chevrolet. SHR teammate Kurt Busch was right behind Harvick in second with his lap of 203.109 mph.
Sunday’s pole sitter, Jeff Gordon, was third on the speed charts (203.069). Fourth was Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. (203.017), and Richard Petty Motorsports’ Marcos Ambrose completed the Top 5 (202.891).
Watkins Glen winner A.J. Allmendinger, Kyle Larson, front row starter Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, and Greg Biffle filled Positions 6-10. Logano, who ran 17 laps in the practice, said he and his team were trying to take care of their equipment ahead of Sunday.
“It’s just so fast right now and there’s so much grip that it’s nothing like we’re gonna race later on,” he told ESPN. “It’s frustrating because if you sit in the garage, you’re going crazy and you feel like you’re missing out on something.
“But if you’re out there on the race track, you feel like you’re hurting your motor and you’re hurting things, because it’s qualifying speeds out there pretty much. The RPMs are so high, you don’t want to hurt your motor and not finish this thing.”
Final practice for the Cup contingent will take place later this morning at 11 a.m. ET.