Jarrett injury is only muscle tear, not rib breakage

Former NASCAR Winston Cup champion Dale Jarrett's injury sustained in qualifying at Charlotte has been downgraded from a broken rib to a muscle tear in his ribcage

Jarrett injury is only muscle tear, not rib breakage

Jarrett, who raced through the pain barrier to eighth place in last Sunday's Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte, was diagnosed as having a 'serratus anterior muscle tear' by a specialist on Tuesday. He will race at Dover this weekend with the aid of localised pain-relieving measures.

Meanwhile, Bobby Hamilton Jr will substitute for the injured Joe Nemechek at Dover. Nemechek broke his shoulder and elbow in a Busch Series crash at Dover and was substituted by Hamilton Jr at Charlotte last weekend.

The one-mile concrete Dover oval in Delaware, known as the 'Monster Mile', is regarded as one of the most physically demanding tracks on the NASCAR schedule.

Pop megastar Britney Spears will be the Grand Marshal for Daytona's July 7 Pepsi 400, the first Winston Cup race at the Florida track since Dale Earnhardt's fatal accident at the February 18 Daytona 500. Spears will give the command to start engines for the 400-mile race under the lights.

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