Brad Keselowski has stitches removed from right hand, good to go for Daytona

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Brad Keselowski is all whole again.

Keselowski tweeted Friday afternoon from Daytona International Speedway that the four stitches in his right hand were removed earlier in the day.

“Just had stitches pulled out,” Keselowski’s tweet read.

Keselowski received the stitches in the infield care center after cutting his hand on a broken champagne bottle in victory lane following his win at Kentucky Speedway last Saturday.

“We were playing around with some champagne bottles and as I told my good friend, ‘We should have stuck with beer,'” Keselowski said shortly after the accident. “We were having too much fun with champagne and one of the bottles broke and I cut my hand open. It’s no big deal.

“… It’s a lot better story when you win and get hurt.”

Keselowski has had no issues this week with the stitches in his hand, which he uses primarily for shifting (he said he typically drives with his left hand on the wheel).

“Do I anticipate (any problems holding the steering wheel)? No, last time I had stitches, it was just seven days or so and we’re going to Daytona, which is probably the easiest track you could ask for,” Keselowski said at Kentucky. “I didn’t break any bones or any of that stuff. I just put a big gash, so I don’t think it’ll be an issue.”

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IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.