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Nascar: Kyle Larson diagnosed with lower rib fracture – Motorsport Week

Nascar: Kyle Larson diagnosed with lower rib fracture – Motorsport Week
29 Jan
8:43

Kyle Larson suffered a rib injury in a crash during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 14. He finally had X-rays done this past week, revealing a lower rib fracture. Larson is one of eight drivers remaining in the 2019 playoffs.

“It still hurts,” Larson said. “I modified my seat quite a bit this week. I feel good in the car this week, because the G forces, you don’t really have any. My ribs feel fine in there. Maybe at Texas, they’ll feel a little worse. Just something I’m kind of going to have to deal with the rest of the season. Stinks but we’ll get through. We’ve worked on our insert and seat belts and just trying to make it a little more comfy for me.”

Sunday’s First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway is the first race of the third round, or round of eight, of the playoffs and the second since Larson’s injury. He still hadn’t been checked out by a doctor ahead of the Oct. 20 race at Kansas Speedway. He was certain, then, he had no broken bones.

“Because everybody says there really is nothing you can do about ribs anyway,” Larson said at Kansas of his reasoning for not getting checked out soon after the injury. “It’s not broken. It definitely hurts to sneeze and cough, and when I’m in the seat, it’s tender. I’ve never broken a bone, but it’s definitely not broken.”

Larson won at Dover International Speedway, the first race of the second round, or round of 12, of the playoffs, securing his advancement to the round of eight, so just starting the race at Kansas and giving way to a substitute driver during the race was an option. Larson opted to run the entire race, anyway, and finished 14th.

Source: https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/25001

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