NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Next driver Matt Tifft will be sidelined with a brain tumor for an unspecified period of time. Joe Gibbs Racing made the announcement in an emailed press release Tuesday. The team said the 20-year-old will undergo surgery for removal of a low-grade glioma in the brain in the near future.
Tifft have made six starts this season and recorded two top-10 finishes. He won the pole at Talladega where he finished a career best eighth. The Ohio native has also made 18 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series with his best finish being a fifth at Charlotte.
Tifft missed the Iowa race due to a back condition and was replaced by Sam Hornish Jr.