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Broken ribs won't slow down JR Motorsports' Kelly Bires

By Lee Montgomery

GLADEVILLE, Tenn. – JR Motorsports driver Kelly Bires said he is all but healed from two broken ribs suffered in a crash during the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Las Vegas in late February.

"They were about healed up before Bristol," Bires said Friday at Nashville Superspeedway. "Obviously, Bristol’s pretty demanding on your body and basically re-irritated them. I’m just trying to get them to heal. We’ve been taping them up a little bit in the race car. It really doesn’t bother me there."

But Bires half-jokingly said that after experiencing broken ribs, he doesn’t want to go through that kind of pain again.