Truex's owner has bypass surgery after heart attack

Truex's owner has bypass surgery after heart attack

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Truex's owner has bypass surgery after heart attack

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Furniture Row Racing team owner Barney Visser has undergone successful bypass surgery after suffering a heart attack on Nov. 4.

The team sent out a news release Friday saying Visser checked himself into the hospital because he was not feeling well and experiencing numbness. The surgery took place on Monday, Nov. 6 in Denver, Colorado, where his team is based.

While Visser is on the mend, he will not attend the final two races of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season at Phoenix Raceway or Homestead-Miami Speedway due to his recovery period.

Driver Martin Truex Jr. clinched a spot in the Championship 4 last week and is a title favorite going into next weekend’s season finale. Truex won the regular-season championship and has seven wins this season.

Furniture Row says Visser is expected to be released from the hospital at week’s end or by early next week.

“It’s a chance of a lifetime to be in position to win the NASCAR Cup Series championship,” Visser said in a statement. “I hope to be in touch with Martin and Cole [Pearn, crew chief] leading up to Homestead and participate without too much excitement.”

Furniture Row Racing fields the Nos. 77 and 78 Toyotas.

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