It’s hard enough to imagine being a mere 21 years old and making your way around the hot July track of Daytona International Speedway. Now imagine doing it just one year after major brain surgery.
That’s what handsome, young, talented and downright miraculous driver Matt Tifft did.
Before the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250, Matt shared before and after images on his Twitter page. One was taken not long after his surgery and the other on race day. They reveal the hefty scars that remain from the operation he had in 2016 to remove a slow-growing tumor, a benign, low-grade glioma, according to USA Today. “Happy to be recovered and proudly show off this scar,” he wrote.
While Matt’s patriotic-themed Comcast Toyota honored the 3rd Infantry Division as part of the Salute To Service weekend, he wrote on Twitter, “Whatever happens today on the track, I will be riding with all brain tumor patients and families.”
The young driver has been quite active in raising awareness for brain tumors, injury and trauma since his own devastating diagnosis. In fact, in April, he helped raise more than $135,000 for brain tumor research and awareness.
The Coca-Cola Firecracker 250, which had been scheduled for June 30 in Daytona, actually ran on July 1 due to rain. William Byron took the checkered flag while Blake Shelton’s buddy, Elliot Sadler, followed. Matt finished in the Top 20 at 18.