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Concussion knocks Ryan Truex out of Michigan race

Ryan Truex at Indianapolis in June 2014.
Ryan Truex at Indianapolis in June 2014.
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Ryan Truex will miss today’s Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway after sustaining a concussion when he slammed into the wall during the first of two practice sessions at the 2-mile oval track. Although he was able to walk away from his heavily damaged carwith the help of safety personnel, he complained of headache and shoulder pain. CT scans of his head, neck, chest and abdomen, which were, luckily all negative. However, his team, BK Racing, announced that he will follow NASCAR's guidelines and sit this one out. J.J. Yeley will take his place driving the No. 83 Burger King Toyota. Truex had been competing for 2014 Rookie of the Year.

Under the organization’s new concussion rules (implemented this season), all drivers were required to undergo imPACT baseline testing to measure their neurocognitive functions including reaction time, memory, and attention span, etc. before the season even began. Results can then be used to measure other tests taken following concussion before a driver can get back into competition. The last driver to miss a race because of head injury was Dale Earnhardt Jr. (his second in six weeks) suffered at Talladega in October of 2012.

Ryan Truex, younger brother of 2-time Nationwide Series champ Martin Truex Jr. Born March 18, 1992 in Mayetta, NJ, Ryan won the NASCAR Camping World East Series Championship while still in high school in 2009. He also finished the season with 8 Top 5 finishes, including three wins at Watkins Glenn and Line Rock, before coming back to win his second consecutive Camping World East title driving a Toyota owned by Michael Waltrip in 2010. However he was later released by the team due to lack of sponsorship and moved on to Joe Gibbs Racing for several events in 2011. In 2012 he competed in the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona for Tommy Baldwin Racing, as well as on a limited schedule for both JGR and RAB Racing teams. He was then hired as a development driver for Richard Petty Motorsports in 2013, before signing with BK Racing this season.