Truex passes stone, will race at Atlanta

3/8/2009 - NASCAR

HAMPTON, Ga. -- Martin Truex Jr. is ready to go racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway after a bout with kidney stones.

Truex was taken by ambulance to Spalding Regional Medical Center in nearby Griffin on Saturday after experiencing brief bouts of intense pain during practice. After being examined and given fluids, he was released from the hospital and passed the stone at about 10 p.m.

Driver spokeswoman Amanda Jones said Truex is doing great and eager to hit the track. He'll start 23rd in the Kobalt Tools 500 on Sunday.