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Matt Tifft Sidelined with Back Injury, Sam Hornish to Sub

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Matt Tifft planned to pull double duty this weekend at Iowa Speedway in the NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck series. Instead, he’ll be watching from the sidelines.

Tifft announced today (June 14) that he will not race this weekend due to a disc problem in his back. The driver confirmed the news via Twitter.

Instead, Sam Hornish, Jr. will make his XFINITY season debut a little early, subbing for Tifft in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 for his first NASCAR start of 2016. Hornish was previously scheduled to run two races for Richard Childress Racing in the team’s XFINITY Series No. 2 later in the year.

A replacement for Tifft in the Truck Series event has not been announced. He was scheduled to pilot the No. 11 for Red Horse Racing. German Quiroga and Ben Kennedy have also raced that truck in 2016.

Tifft has competed in six XFINITY Series races this year, with two top-10 finishes. He also has three Truck Series starts, with a single top 5.

Hornish will make his first NASCAR start since the season finale for the Sprint Cup Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway last November. He has three career wins in the XFINITY Series, the last coming at Iowa in 2014.

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