Matt Tifft Taken to Hospital Before Cup Practice, Crafton Filling In

For the second time this year, Matt Tifft appears to be missing out on track time due to medical issues. Earlier this season, it was a bout of vertigo that kept him out of the car for some practice. This week, things seem a bit more serious.

According to a report from Fox Sports’ Bob Pockrass, Tifft was brought into the infield care center and was treated for some time. Eventually, he was placed on a stretcher and into an ambulance. Tifft has been taken to a local hospital.

Currently, we have no info on what happened or what condition may have led to this.

However, Tifft’s medical history has been well known in NASCAR circles for years.

In 2016, Tifft underwent brain surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. That tumor was discovered while being treated for a back injury.

Tifft, who has one top-10 finish this season, sits 30th in the championship standings in his rookie campaign in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Matt Crafton will fill in for Tifft in his absence. It appears Crafton will most likely practice and qualify the No. 36 car on Saturday and if Tifft is not cleared to drive in Sunday’s First Data 500, it should be Crafton who gets the nod.