Joe Gibbs Racing product and NASCAR Next driver Matt Tifft appears to be progressing in his recovery from brain surgery to remove a tumor, posting a photo on his Twitter account Monday showing him in full gear and in the cockpit of a race car — with the all-important thumbs-up. The team announced in June that the 20-year-old would undergo surgery for a low-grade glioma in the brain, which he did in early July. RELATED: Tifft has renewed passion after brain surgery Tifft tweeted an upbeat video following the surgery and updated his condition last month, addressing the media at Bristol Motor Speedway. After jumping in a go-kart on Sunday, Tifft tested a late model at Hickory Motor Speedway. He originally had planned to test last month, but confirmed to NASCAR.com that Monday’s test was his first action.
GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES JOETSU, Niigata Pref. (Kyodo) Gymnast Kohei Uchimura, the men’s all-around silver medalist at the Beijing Olympics, showed a solid overall performance to win his first national championship crown on Saturday.The 19-year-old Uchimura racked up the highest scores in the floor exercises and pommel horse, the first two disciplines, and went on to become the first teenager in 12 years to win the men’s national all-around title with 91.900 points. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Naoya Tsukahara, a member of Japan’s gold medal-winning team at the 2004 Athens Olympics, was also 19 when he claimed the first of his five national all-around crowns. He was 14th in Saturday’s final.In the women’s all-around competition, 16-year-old Koko Tsurumi won for the third year in a row with 60.800 points, 1.900 ahead of Olympic teammate Yuko Shintake.