Erik Jones cleared to return by NASCAR but will sit out Kansas race after back injury at Talladega

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Erik Jones was cleared by doctors and approved to return by NASCAR on Thursday, but his Legacy Motor Club team will hold him out of this weekend's race at Kansas Speedway to allow him more time to recover from his crash at Talladega.

Corey Heim will drive the No. 43 Toyota in Sunday's race. Jones plans to be in attendance at Kansas and help crew chief Dave Elenz before returning to the driver's seat at Darlington Raceway, where he has two Cup Series victories.

Late in the race at Talladega, John Hunter Nemechek appeared to bump the rear of Bubba Wallace, who then clipp...


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