By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent
Young’s Motorsports tabbed Landon Huffman to sub for Spencer Boyd at Eldora Speedway after a non-racing related injury.
Boyd revealed on Twitter that he has suffered from back pain in over the course of the past week. He admitted that he went against doctor’s advice and competed in the Gander RV 150 at Pocono Raceway. However, he will heed his doctor’s advice and step aside for the Eldora Dirt Derby.
Huffman will drive the No. 20 Chevrolet Silverado on the 0.500-mile dirt track. The Thursday night race will mark the 23-year-old’s fourth career start in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Huffman’s best finish, 17th, came at Martinsville in 2017 with Copp Motorsports.
The Claremont, N.C. native will have Young’s Motorsports other full-time drivers Tyler Dippel and Gus Dean as teammates.
It is unclear how many races Boyd will miss due to his injury or who will fill-in after Eldora. With two races until the start of the playoffs, this possibly marks the end of any hope of a playoff berth for the 24-year-old.
14th in the championship points standings, Boyd was 269-points behind the cutoff. Only a win at either Eldora or Michigan International Speedway next weekend could have earned the Creve Coeur, MO native a playoff berth. Boyd’s best finish this season, a fourth-place finish, came in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway.
The team stated on social media that “Boyd is still scheduled to drive the No. 20 Chevrolet Silverado with Young’s Motorsports for the remaining NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season.”
— Spencer Boyd (@SpencerBoyd) July 30, 2019