NASCAR postponements worked in the favor of Brett Moffitt
On March 14th, NASCAR was scheduled to race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The day before, NASCAR elected to postponed the weekend as the Coronavirus outbreak was just beginning.
NASCAR Truck Series driver Brett Moffitt decided to jump on a motorcycle at his friend’s house. He ended up with two broken bones.
“Yeah, I should have been in a truck,” Moffitt told NBC Sports. “I’ve been telling people I don’t know which comes first, the chicken or the egg. Because this quarantine is a blessing for the recovery time, but it would never have happened had we been at the race track.”
He was attempting a double jump. However, he came up short, catching the lip of the landing ramp. Moffitt’s weight was thrown forward as he feet remained connected to the bike.
“My bodyweight going over the handle bars I guess was enough to break the femurs,” Moffitt said. “They just kind of snapped over the handle bars, I do believe.”
Moffitt was given a walker and other medical equipment to help mobilize him with a broken bone in each leg.
“I have everything I need for when I’m about 75 years old,” Moffitt laughed.
Brett Moffitt: Broken bone recovery
“With breaking both the femurs, they put rods in both my legs up through the center of the bone essentially. As soon as that is done, you can then put full weight on your legs.”
A femur is the bone in your upper legs. It’s lso called a thighbone.
“Now, it’s really painful and most of the time your muscle can’t take it … But obviously, that’s the goal to get back to putting full weight (on it) as soon as possible.”
The recovery time was expected to be 6 weeks. 6 week have now come and gone. And with two broken bones, Moffitt never missed a race.
As everyone has been locked on a stay at home order, Moffitt has been in physical therapy. He’s now near full recovery.
“They did X-rays three weeks ago now, two weeks out of surgery and there was already pretty good bone growth coming back,” Moffitt said.
“It’s up to the doctors. They’ll do the X-rays next week and probably make a decision based off of that. … Hopefully I can keep progressing. Obviously, I feel like I’m ready.”
Brett Moffitt: Back at it
He returned to the driver’s seat. Moffitt recently visited the GoPro Motorplex. It’s a karting facility located in Mooresville, North Carolina.
“If you can handle one of those (racing karts), you can definitely handle a truck,” Moffitt said. “The go-karts beat you up in a hurry. They’re extremely difficult to drive … and wear you out.”
“I was pretty pleased with the outcome. I tried to avoid the curves as much as I could. Did not really have the hard impacts, but I did get into them a few times on accident. … Those things hurt whether you have injuries or not.”
Moffitt claimed the NASCAR Truck Series championship in 2018 with Hattori Racing Enterprises. He moved to GMS Racing in 2019 and picked up four race wins.