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Ryan Preece cleared to race at Darlington

Jul 15, 2023; Loudon, New Hampshire, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Preece (41) walks through the garage area prior to qualifying for the Crayon 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Preece has been cleared to compete in the upcoming Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway just under a week after his crash at Daytona International Speedway.

“I’ll see you at Darlington,” Preece said in a video on Twitter that was posted by Stewart-Haas Racing. “I mean, I’m sitting right here, I’m completely fine, and you know, I feel good. Obviously, I’m ready to get to Darlington.”

Preece was discharged from a Florida hospital on Sunday morning, hours after his car was involved in a crash.

Preece, 32, was able to extricate himself from his No. 41 Ford after his vehicle made contact with teammate Chase Briscoe, flew in the air and rolled over numerous times on Saturday night during the Coke Zero Sugar 400. Preece was placed on a gurney and taken to the track’s infield care center before being transported to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., for continued observation.

NASCAR begins its playoff run at Darlington on Sunday. Preece is not among the 16 drivers eligible for the championship, however.

–Field Level Media

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