“I May Not Have Made it”: NASCAR Hall of Famer Red Farmer on Recovery From COVID-19

Published 09/15/2020, 8:30 AM EDT


NASCAR got a small scare when Hall of Fame inductee Red Farmer contracted COVID-19. The good news is that he is steadily recovering at home after he returned from a 5-day stay in the hospital. The 87-year-old is part of the 2021 NASCAR Hall of Fame class alongside the likes of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mike Stefanik.

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In spite of his old age, Farmer is still an active driver. After contracting the virus, he was admitted to a hospital in Alabama for five days, as per Rick Karle of WVTM. He survived a real scare, as he said that if he would have made it to the hospital even a day later, things could have been worse.

According to an acquaintance, Farmer suffered from some kidney issues before the COVID virus struck. As a result, doctors are proceeding with a lot more caution, and are monitoring him closely. Luckily, he is steadily recovering and is thrilled to be back home once again.

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Farmer revealed that he had a 104-degree fever and a blood pressure of over 200. He admitted that his symptoms “felt like a truck ran over me and then drove in reverse and ran over me again”.

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He also said, “The doctors at Grandview (Medical Center) told me if I went in a day later, I may not have made it. Those doctors and nurses saved my life.”

Red Farmer was in such a poor state that he lost around 12 pounds in the span of a few weeks. Now that he is on the road to recovery, he will be seeking to regain his strength.

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Admittedly, Farmer is hoping to return to racing in just a few weeks’ time. Since the diagnosis, it has been nearly a fortnight since he went into quarantine.

“If I can get some rest, I can go out to the Talladega short track this weekend to work on a car,” Farmer said. “Then next weekend, I can drive my car, and then I can drive in two races on Talladega weekend in early October.”

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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