HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced Tueaday that Matt Tifft will not compete in this weekend’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona Int’l Speedway.
Tifft will undergo surgery for removal of a low-grade glioma in the brain, and be sidelined while he recovers from the procedure.
The slow-growing tumor was found during treatment and evaluation for a recent disc condition in his back. Tifft is expected to undergo surgery and rehabilitation soon, and once cleared by physicians is expected to return to racing. The JGR rookie is anxious to return to the race track as soon as possible.
David Ragan will drive the No. 18 Surface Sunscreen/Rugged Maniac Toyota Camry XFINITY series entry for Joe Gibbs Racing on Friday at Daytona Int’l Speedway.
Tifft is in his first season driving for JGR, having notched his first-career XFINITY pole at Talladega Superspeedway in May. Interim driver Sam Hornish Jr. notched a win in Tifft’s No. 18 car at Iowa Speedway two weeks ago, after Tifft sat out that race due to the aforementioned back issue.