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Q and A: Truex Hoping To Go From ER To Victory Lane

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Friday, June 1 2012

Ryan Truex is back in a race car this weekend. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Erik J. Perel)

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Ryan Truex will be racing in the Nationwide Series race this weekend a week after having surgery on his appendix.

He answered questions about the situation on Friday at Dover.

DoverHow are you able to race so soon after an appendectomy?

“When I was laying there in the hospital bed, I guess it was last Monday (May 21) night, I didn’t think there was any way I’d be able to race. I was just hoping I wouldn’t have to get surgery because I really wanted to race Dover. Even after surgery, I was laying there thinking there was no way I’ll be ready by Dover. The doctor said come back next week and we’ll see how you’re doing and for some reason I just healed up quickly and by this Tuesday or Wednesday morning (May 30) when I went to see him, he said everything was good. I was feeling good. Now I’m pretty much back to 100 percent. I was lucky that I caught it early and that I was able to heal quickly.”

Are you feeling any pain since the surgery?

“Well, for a few days there I couldn’t really do anything. I was kind of stuck in my bed. I don’t have any pain now. My stitches are all gone. Nothing — my stomach looks a little strange, but other than that, I’m pretty much 100 percent. I have no pain and I should be good — I’m keeping my fingers crossed, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be alright.”

Is there a backup driver in case you can’t compete on Saturday?

“No, there’s no one, it’s just me. The plan was if I couldn’t race, my brother was going to race it. There was no way I was allowing that. I knew if he got in the car, he’d win and he’s already won here in a Nationwide car, it’s my turn.”

Did your doctor give you any warnings about racing after your surgery?

“I can’t — if I hit the wall, I hit the wall. There’s nothing I can do about it. He cleared me to race and hitting the wall is part of it.”

What did your doctor check for to clear you to race this weekend?

“He had to make sure that all the stitches were healed up, all the incisions and everything were good. Basically asked me if I was in pain, pushed on my stomach and a few other things. Nothing real intense or lengthy or any weird stuff. He just basically said if you’re feeling alright, if this doesn’t hurt and this doesn’t hurt and you can do this and this, then you’ll be alright. I healed quickly for whatever reason. I guess I just lucked out.”

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Friday, June 1 2012
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