FORT WORTH, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 25: The NASCAR Safety Crew assists Cody Ware, driver of the #51 Nurtec ODT Ford, after spinning into the pit area during the NASCAR Cup Series Auto Trader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on September 25, 2022 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) | Getty Images
UPDATE 3: Cody Ware showed up to Talladega Superspeedway on crutches and with a boot on his right foot after discovering he had an impact fracture to his ankle.
“We ended up having an impact fracture that we didn’t see in the initial X-ray, which happens sometimes with fresh injuries,” Ware said on Friday afternoon. “I have that, along with a couple of partial ligament tears… basically got a lot of ankle damage for the most part. But I’ve been really happy with it [director of OrthoCarolina Motorsports] Bill Heisel [and] everyone from NASCAR medical [who has] been taking care of me.
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UPDATE 2 (9-29-2022): Fox Sports’ Bob Pockrass reports that NASCAR has cleared Cody Ware to race this weekend at Talladega.
Rick Ware Racing and NASCAR confirm that Cody Ware is cleared to race at Talladega this weekend. He will be in the No. 51 Cup cars as planned.
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) September 29, 2022
UPDATE: After a hard accident at Texas on Sunday, Cody Ware says he plans to race this weekend at Talladega
He says he is dealing with some stretched ligaments and bruising and swelling in his foot and ankle.
🚨 “Dealing with some stretched ligaments and just a lot of bruising and swelling in my foot and ankle.”
🗣️ @CodyShaneWare offers an update following his wreck at Texas and tells @DanielleTrotta and @LarryMac28 he expects to be cleared to race at @TALLADEGA this weekend. #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/8Gglsk7l6j
— SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Ch. 90) (@SiriusXMNASCAR) September 27, 2022
Thanks to everyone for reaching out with support and kind words… The current plan is to race this weekend at Talladega! Going through physical therapy to deal with ligament damage and a few other things. Might still be on crutches come race day but that’s not gonna stop me 👊🏻
— Cody Ware (@CodyShaneWare) September 27, 2022
ORIGINAL POST 9-24-2022: #51-Cody Ware was treated and released from the Texas Motor Speedway infield care center on Sunday following and accident on lap 168 of the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500.
ROBBY BENTON, Rick Ware Racing — Team Statement regarding Cody Ware accident
WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT CODY WARE? “He has been treated and released. We are thankful to the track crew here. We had a bit of a delay going through the normal protocol of x-rays and reviews and making sure there were no fractures. All of that came back clear. He will be on the team plane with us to return to Charlotte tonight and we are happy he is okay.”
NO BROKEN BONES? ANY NEED TO FOLLOW UP? “No broken bones. I feel like we will probably follow up just as a precaution. He will see a specialist with Ortho Carolina once we get home. For as hard of a hit as that was, we are thankful it is as clean as it is and he will be okay to go home tonight.”
WAS IT UPPER BODY OR LOWER BODY? “A little bit of discomfort in his ankle.”
NO CONCUSSION? “No concussion.”
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— Rick Ware Racing (@RickWareRacing) September 25, 2022