NASCAR: Jeff Gordon set to race at Dover despite back injury

From press release

Jeff Gordon almost missed the Coca-Cola 600, last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, because he was suffering from back spasms. The four-time champion says he feels better now.

The pain was so bad in Charlotte, Hendrick Motorsports asked stand-by driver Regan Smith to get ready, just in case.

But Smith, the Nationwide series points leader, says he hasn’t heard from Hendrick this time, meaning Gordon is expected to be well enough to get behind the wheel the No. 24 Chevrolet, this weekend for the Fedex 400, in Dover.

Jeff Gordon, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet No. 24, Dover NASCAR

Jeff Gordon, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet No. 24 (Photo: Facebook)

“I have not had anything said to me yet so as of now,” Smith said. “I’ll be going home Saturday night and watching (the race) on TV.”

“I wouldn’t say 100 percent, but I’m closer to normal,” Gordon confirmed to MRN Radio. “I’m still feeling some of the effects from last week, but I felt good in the car, didn’t have any sharp pains. I just had a week of rest and normal activity, lots of ice.”

Gordon ended up 7th in Charlotte, despite the pain. He qualified 6th ahead of tomorrow’s race.

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