NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Matt Tifft has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home just two days after undergoing surgery for a brain tumor.
“The worst part of it seems to be over,” a smiling Tifft said in a video message on Twitter from his hospital bed the morning after the procedure. He released a second video when he returned home Saturday night, saying that he has resumed walking and eating and his head “seems to be healing up pretty well.”
“It’s going to be a bit of a long road, probably another four weeks or so before stiches get healed up,” said Tifft, who was sent home from the hospital a few days earlier than expected. “Thanks again for all the support. It feels good to be back home.”
Tifft, who turned 20 on June 26, came out of brain surgery just before the start of Friday’s Xfinity Series race. David Ragan, who won the pole for the Subway Firecracker 400 in Tifft’s No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, led the field to green to start the overtime in Friday night’s race but quickly lost his draft partner, gave up the top spot and wound up finishing 21st after a wild wreck on the backstretch. Aric Almirola beat Justin Allgaier by inches for the win.
Tifft’s low-grade glioma was first discovered during a recent evaluation for the disc condition in his back which had sidelined him from participating in the June 19 Xfinity race at Iowa Speedway.
Tifft has made seven career Xfinity Series starts and has three top-10 finishes, including an eighth place at Talladega and Dover in the spring; he has also competed in 18 Camping World Truck Series events for Red Horse Racing. Joe Gibbs Racing believes Tifft is expected to return to racing at some point.