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NASCAR's Brian Vickers to miss season's start after heart surgery
NASCAR's Brian Vickers to miss season's start after heart surgery

NASCAR driver Brian Vickers will miss the start of next season after having corrective heart surgery, Vickers and his Michael Waltrip Racing team said Monday. Vickers, 31, initially had an artificial patch inserted to fix a hole in his heart in 2010 that also involved blood-clotting problems. It was discovered last week that his body was rejecting the patch, so on Saturday, "I had to have corrective surgery to repair the hole and now I am beginning the recovery process," the driver said in a statement. "I have faced obstacles before and it has made victory that much sweeter and I know that will be the case again," Vickers said. No timetable was given for his return....

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