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Cody Ware Out for Next 2 Weeks, Garrett Smithley Subbing at Richmond

Cody Ware will be out of the No. 51 car in the NASCAR Cup Series for the next two weekends, Rick Ware Racing announced Sept. 10.

Ware, who finished 33rd last Sunday at Darlington Raceway, suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning inside the car and had to retire from the race after completing 209 of the 367 laps.

Still suffering from the effects of the poisoning on Monday, Ware made the call to sit out the next two races as a precautionary measure.

Garrett Smithley, who has primarily driven RWR’s No. 53 car in 2021, will pilot the No. 51 car at Richmond Raceway this weekend. In 19 starts this season, Smithley has a best finish of 25th at Nashville Superspeedway in June.

The driver of the No. 51 car for the race at Bristol on Sept. 18 has yet to be determined.

The Federated Auto Parts Salute to First Responders will take place on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET, with TV coverage provided by NBC Sports.

About the author

Stephen Stumpf is the NASCAR Content Director for Frontstretch, and his weekly columns include “Stat Sheet” and “4 Burning Questions.” Stephen also writes commentary, contributes weekly to the “Bringing the Heat” podcast and is frequently at the track for on-site coverage. A native of Texas, Stephen began following NASCAR at age 9 after attending his first race at Texas Motor Speedway.

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