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NASCAR Driver Undergoes Tests

October 27, 1998

PHOENIX (AP) _ NASCAR driver Dale Jarrett, airlifted to a hospital during Sunday’s Dura-Lube 500, underwent a series of tests Monday after he was diagnosed with gallstones.

Jarrett was listed in fair condition at John C. Lincoln Hospital-North Mountain. Dr. James Magary, a surgeon who specializes in gall bladder ailments, would not rule out the possibility that Jarrett could drive in Sunday’s race in Rockingham, N.C.

Jarrett, 41, of Hickory, N.C., has three victories this year and is third in the Winston Cup standings behind Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin with two races to go.

The winner last year in Phoenix, Jarrett felt ill before Sunday’s race but, after an infusion of fluids in the track’s medical center, decided to drive anyway.

But dehydration and severe abdominal pains forced him to give up the effort after 127 laps. He gave up his seat to Michael Waltrip, who went on to finish 32nd in the rain-shortened race.

Jarrett was taken from the medical center at Phoenix International Raceway on a stretcher to a helicopter, then was airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital in downtown Phoenix, some 20 miles away.

He was transferred to John C. Lincoln hospital at his family’s request in order to consult with Magary, who conducted a series of tests to determine the necessary treatment.

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