NASCAR rookie Matt Tifft seeking answers to season-ending seizure

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November 03, 2019 02:29 PM

NASCAR rookie Matt Tifft seeking answers to season-ending seizure

The 23-year-old fainted and was unable to compete last weekend at Martinsville

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NASCAR rookie Matt Tifft is seeking answers about what caused his season-ending seizure last weekend in Virginia.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rookie Matt Tifft wants to return to racing but first needs to better understand what triggered a seizure last weekend at Martinsville Speedway.
The Front Row Motorsports driver fainted before opening practice for the First Data 500 and was ultimately replaced by two-time Truck Series champion Matt Crafton for the remainder of the event. He will not compete in the final two races of the season, with Xfinity Series driver John Hunter Nemechek completing the season in the No. 36.
In 2016, Tifft underwent surgery to remove a tumor from his brain. He revealed on Sunday before the race at Texas Motor Speedway that scans of the area showed nothing to be alarmed over. Tifft told attending media that he will undergo additional testing, including an EEG, which measures electrical activity of his brain.
“I have been through this stuff before, and I know enough to be mature and smart enough to know that my health comes first,” Tifft said. “My goal is to get back in this race car, and I want to be back as soon as I possibly can, but these next few weeks are going to be dedicated to finding answers with doctors to why this happened.
“I will get back in a car one way or another, I do honestly believe that. But I have to get my stuff figured out and see what sparked this to happen.”

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Tifft conducted the brief interview outside of his team’s hauler, which he pointed out was 5 feet away from where he first felt is mouth go numb before experiencing the seizure
“I am glad to be back here at the track and honestly I wanted to come back today just because it has been very stressful and a lot of anxiety just to come back,” he said.
Tifft said it was important for him to speak to the media even if he didn’t have answers. He urged patience from everyone, including himself, who doesn’t quite understand what happened last weekend.
“It is a lot to compartmentalize,” Tifft said. “If you guys don’t mind, it is kind of a lot for me. I will answer further questions as the season goes on but I just wanted to show face and be here in front of everybody, but I thank you for you guys checking in.
“I will keep you guys posted on social media as it goes. It is a little stressful right now and honestly just dealing with the anxiety of it. I just have to take baby steps. I appreciate you guys making the time to come see me. Thank you guys, I really appreciate it.”

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