Truex Jr. In For Mcfarland

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Initial reports indicating NASCAR Busch Series driver Mark McFarland's clearance to race this weekend at Daytona International Speedway proved to be erroneous when additional MRI scans were reviewed by doctors late Tuesday night.

As a result, two-time Busch Series champion and defending race winner Martin Truex Jr. will step in to drive the JR Motorsports's No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet this weekend.

"Mark's well being is our primary concern," said Steve Crisp, Director of Motorsports for JR Motorsports. "We will follow the doctor's directives to give Mark the necessary time to heal properly.

"Our relationship with the Navy is very important to us and we wanted to give them the best while Mark recuperates. Martin is a two-time champion in the series and the defending series champion – that's as good as you can get."

Further consultation with doctors this week will determine the duration of Mark's recovery period.

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