Martin Truex Jr. will continue his pursuit of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup championship minus the presence of Furniture Row Racing team owner Barney Visser.
Visser underwent bypass surgery Monday after suffering a heart attack and will miss the final two races of the season, his team said.
Truex has been the most successful driver of the Cup season and will be one of four drivers racing for the series championship next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida.
Visser, 68, had surgery in his hometown of Denver. The Furniture Row Racing team is based there.
He remains hospitalized in Denver and is expected to be released by early next week.
“It’s a chance of a lifetime to be in position to win the NASCAR Cup Series championship,” Visser said in a statement released by the team. “I hope to be in touch with Martin and Cole (Pearn, crew chief) leading up to Homestead and participate without too much excitement.”
Furniture Row Racing released a statement Friday morning about Visser's surgery and heart attack.