Broken back expected to keep Aric Almirola sidelined 8-12 weeks

Broken back expected to keep Aric Almirola sidelined 8-12 weeks
CONCORD, N.C. -- Aric Almirola said he expects to miss 8-12 weeks to recover from a broken back suffered in an accident Saturday at Kansas Speedway. Almirola will need to wait for the compression fracture of his T5 (middle back) vertebra to heal before he can get back into a race car. "The incentive to make sure that I can run around in my front yard with my kids is enough for me to not rush back," Almirola said. "I'm going to listen to the doctors. I'm young. I've got a lot of life ahead of me and I've got a 4-year-old and 3-year-old at home -- I'm not going to do anything to rush myself back in a race car and risk not being able to feel anything from my belly button down for the rest of my life." Richard Petty Motorsports has put Regan Smith in its No. 43 car for the NASCAR Monster Energy All-Star events this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but the team has not determined who will replace Almirola when the...
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