UPDATE: Ware posted the following to his Facebook page, "This morning I got an MRI done and the results show that I have some compression and discs issues in my lower back. I have been in contact with both the neurosurgeons and NASCAR and we have come to the decision to sit out until I can heal."(6-15-2017)
Original post: 6-14-2017 This past Sunday, 35 laps into the Axalta Pocono 400, Cody Ware pulled his #51 Chevrolet into the garage. The official diagnosis: A DNF due to a vibration, resulting in a 39th-place result.
One reason Ware took his Rick Ware Racing machine off the 2.5-mile track is due to an issue he had been suffering with since the previous week at Dover International Speedway, when he pulled off the track after completing 283 of 406 laps, back pain.
"One of the things that happened is I was dealing with some back pain from the previous race at Dover," Ware said. "I've been going back and forth about it with the people at NASCAR about getting some things treated. I'm still in the process of that right now. I have to make sure I'm healthy and safe before we have more issues in the future."
"I'm just having some back problems," Ware continued. "With me being a tall guy in racing, especially with not having all the luxuries of a big team, you experience a wear and tear with your body. We're in the process of finding out what we can and making an improvement moving forward. Obviously, I'm still young and safety is the No. 1 priority.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the driver of the No. 51 car for Michigan International Speedway is listed as TBA. However, Timmy Hill has attempted 11 races and qualified for nine with Rick Ware Racing.
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