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Ryan Truex has wrist surgery
[March 29, 2011]

Ryan Truex has wrist surgery

Mar 29, 2011 (The Press of Atlantic City - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Ryan Truex had minor wrist surgery Tuesday, but the NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie is not expected to miss any races while recovering.

The 19-year-old Stafford Township native broke the bone about two years ago, and it had started bothering him in recent months, his father, Martin Truex Sr., said in a telephone interview shortly after the surgery in Cornelius, N.C. He planned the surgery for this week since the Nationwide Series does not race again until April 8.

"I'm good," Ryan said in a phone interview later Tuesday. "Everything's all right. It wasn't really bothering me (while driving). The bone was just broken and needed to be fixed for the future." Ryan's older brother, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Martin Truex Jr., elaborated on the circumstances in a phone interview.

"He had a break in his wrist. I guess he's had it for two years now," Martin Jr. said. "He broke it two years ago, didn't know it was broke, and it started bothering him here lately. He got it checked out. (Doctors) said, 'It ought to hurt. It's broke in two pieces.' " Driving soon after surgery is nothing new in NASCAR. Around this time last year, Sprint Cup driver Denny Hamlin had surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. He did not miss a race and ended up finishing second in the season standings.

"They've been working with NASCAR and everything on what kind of cast he needs to put on it and all that stuff so he can drive," Martin Jr. said. "We've seen people drive with casts bigger than his before, so he'll be good to go." Ryan is 15th in the Nationwide standings through five races. The next Nationwide race is April 8 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.

Ryan posted a picture of himself in his hospital bed on his Twitter account, @rtruex00.

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