Brian Keselowski to have surgery

UPDATE Brian Keselowski is "very sore" but "feels better than before" after emergency surgery Thursday night to remove his gall bladder, his K-Automotive Motorsports team said Saturday. Keselowski was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday with severe abdominal pain, and it was determined he would need to have his gall bladder removed. Dennis Setzer is driving in Keselowski's place at Bristol, and Keselowski isn't expected to return until Talladega. That means he would also miss Fontana, Martinsville and Texas. The team said Keselowski will get his stitches removed on Thursday. "I don't like to be sitting at home," Keselowski said in a statement. "I'd rather be at the track." SB Nation

03/17/11 Brian Keselowski is expected to undergo gallbladder surgery as early as Thursday evening after the driver was rushed to the hospital Tuesday with what was described as "severe abdominal pain," his K-Automotive Motorsports team said. Keselowski was "diagnosed with a severe case of gallstones," according to the team, and medication to relieve the pain is not helping. The surgery would put Keselowski – vying for Sprint Cup rookie of the year honors – out of his car for two or three weeks, the team said. Dennis Setzer will attempt to qualify the #92 car at Bristol. Keselowski was described by the team as bending over in pain and begging doctors to remove his gallbladder, saying "Get this thing out of me. I just want this thing out of me so I can get back in my car and race." The surgery would be done as an outpatient procedure. The team said well-wishes can be sent to Keselowski at K-Automotive Motorsports: 2668 Peachtree Rd., Statesville, NC, 28625. SB Nation

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