Driver Taylor Gray recovering from surgery to repair vertebra

Mar 29, 2021; Bristol, TN, USA; NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series driver Johnny Sauter (13) with a clogged grill during the race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Teenage NASCAR driver Taylor Gray is expected to make a full recovery from injuries sustained in off-track, single-car accident in Statesville, N.C..

His David Gilliland Racing team said Gray, 16, had surgery Thursday at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., for a fractured L4 vertebra. He also will have a second surgery soon to treat a fractured left foot and ankle.

The accident occurred Wednesday.

Gray was scheduled to make his Truck Series debut at the Richmond Raceway next weekend, but the DGR team said the No. 17 truck has been withdrawn from the event. He has been driving in NASCAR’s ARCA Menards Series and earned his first win last October at the ARCA West race at Bakersfield, Calif.

He is the younger brother of Truck Series driver Tanner Gray.

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