NASCAR driver undergoes surgery after Martinsville race

Chase Briscoe, Stewart-Haas Racing, Martinsville, NASCAR (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Chase Briscoe, Stewart-Haas Racing, Martinsville, NASCAR (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) /

Chase Briscoe competed in three NASCAR races with a broken finger on his left hand. He underwent successful surgery on the finger on Monday.

Nearly two weeks ago in a dirt race, Chase Briscoe broke the middle finger on his left hand. The injury didn’t keep him from competing in the NASCAR Truck Series and Cup Series dirt races at Bristol Motor Speedway that weekend, but it was revealed that he would need surgery.

Briscoe finished in seventh place in the Truck Series race, his first Truck Series start since 2021, behind the wheel of the No. 22 Ford for AM Racing, and he went on to finish in a season-best fifth in the Cup Series race.

Team co-owner Tony Stewart said during the Cup Series race that Briscoe may not actually end up needing surgery, and Briscoe confirmed the same afterward.

But after a Monday x-ray, the driver of the No. 14 Ford confirmed that he would indeed be undergoing an operation after the following Sunday afternoon’s race at Martinsville Speedway.

Briscoe finished that race in fifth place as well, vaulting him from 20th to 14th in the point standings, and he joked that maybe he should consider breaking another finger, considering how well he has performed with his current injury. His surgery was scheduled for Monday morning.

The 28-year-old Mitchell, Indiana native did undergo surgery on Monday, and the surgery was a success, according to him and his wife Marissa.

Chase Briscoe, who is in a sling, thanked NASCAR fans for their messages and prayers, noting that it was a “pretty easy fix”.

As he stated in the video, Briscoe is not expecting to miss any Cup Series races. He is on the entry list to drive the No. 14 Ford in this coming Sunday afternoon’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. He has not missed any races since becoming a full-time Cup Series driver in 2021.

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