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Jamie Dick Diagnosed With Diabetes, Jeffrey Earnhardt in at Fontana

Viva Motorsports announced today that NASCAR Xfinity Series driver/owner Jamie Dick will miss this weekend’s race at Auto Club Speedway after being diagnosed with new onset diabetes.

Dick, 26, visited the infield care center after finishing 28th in the Xfinity Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, reporting dizziness and fatigue. Medical personnel at the track recommended Dick visit West Valley Hospital in nearby Goodyear, Ariz. later that evening.

Dick was released from the hospital on Sunday afternoon after staying overnight, according to a team release. He then returned to the Charlotte, N.C. area for further treatment and evaluation.

“I would like to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time,” Dick said in a statement released by the team. “It was quite a surprise to hear the diagnosis from the doctors, but the response from the NASCAR and PIR medical staffs was outstanding. The support from the racing community, my Viva Motorsports team, and the fans has been overwhelming. Now I need to learn about this disease and do whatever it takes to get back behind the wheel as soon as possible.”

Jeffery Earnhardt, who has split the first four races of the season in the Viva Motorsports No. 55 Chevrolet with Dick, will fill in for him in Saturday’s Drive4Clots.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway. He has the team’s best finish to date – a 16th-place showing in the season opener at Daytona.

Dick, a native of Albuquerque, N.M., has run in NASCAR since debuting in the K&N Pro Series West in 2007. Dick has competed in the Xfinity Series since 2011, finishing a career-best 24th in series points in 2012. There is no timetable for his return.

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