Joey Gase has been cleared to race this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway after a brief hospital stay for further observation following a crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last week, Rick Ware Racing announced on Thursday.
On Lap 92 of last weekend's Cup Series race, Gase was running at the tail end of the field when the left rear wheel of his car came off, sending him spinning up the racetrack and into the outside wall. Gase's car was launched into the air and up on top of the wall upon impact before returning to the ground and sliding down to the apron of the racetrack.
After initially being transported to the infield care center, Gase was later sent to a local hospital as a precautionary measure. He was subsequently released to be further evaluated in Charlotte, North Carolina.
"We applaud the NASCAR medical staff for their help and guidance in taking the necessary steps to ensure Joey's safe return," read a statement by Rick Ware Racing. "The safety measures that have been put in place to keep the drivers and teams safe speaks volumes following this past weekend's wreck."
In addition to the news about Gase's health, Jim Utter of Motorsport.com reported that Rick Ware Racing's No. 15 team faces no penalty for the accident. While Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports noted after the accident that the team's crew chief, tire changer and jack man could face a four-race suspension if Gase's tire had been improperly installed, NASCAR determined that the crash was caused by a rear hub failure.
Gase enters this weekend as the driver of Rick Ware Racing's No. 53 Chevrolet, and is slated to start 36th. He is also entered in Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race, where he will drive the No. 52 Chevrolet for Jimmy Means Racing.