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Ulcer sends former Winchester champ to hospital

Posted on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Elora's David Brannon, shown in this file photo, makes laps at Winchester Speedway earlier this year. Brannon was admitted to a Huntsville, Ala., hospital on Wednesday and later diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer. (Photo by Dana Webb)

Elora’s David Brannon, shown in this file photo, makes laps at Winchester Speedway earlier this year. Brannon was admitted to a Huntsville, Ala., hospital on Wednesday and later diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer. (Photo by Dana Webb)

ELORA, Tenn. — Former Winchester (Tenn.) Speedway track champion David Brannon was admitted to a Huntsville, Ala., hospital on Tuesday morning due to a bleeding ulcer. He was stable Thursday afternoon.

“They clamped it and cauterized it,” said Brannon’s wife Nicole on Thursday afternoon. “It’s wonderful news. He’s being moved to a regular room this afternoon for observation.”

Brannon, 32, felt sick on Monday while taking his daughter for a medical test in Nashville. After doctors in Nashville ran tests and found nothing, Brannon was sent home.

With his symptoms growing worse on Tuesday morning, Brannon’s family took him to the emergency room in Huntsville. After undergoing more tests, Brannon was admitted to the ICU there.

Brannon received four units of blood to replenish what he had lost.

“Wednesday night David was finally well enough for the hospital to run a colonoscopy. The test came back with no results,” said Nicole. “He (underwent) a scope today to try to find the source of the blood loss. After the four units of blood, his blood count has stabilized … not going down or up.”

His wife said that Brannon — who is better known in southern Middle Tennessee racing circles as ‘Wimpy’— was feeling a little better on Thursday afternoon. His family has setup a Facebook group for friends to receive updates. The group is listed as <prayersfordavidbrannon>.

“David and the entire family would like to thank everyone for the prayers, texts, calls and comments on Facebook,” added Nicole.

Brannon is one of only three two-time winners at Winchester Speedway this season and he finished third in this year’s WinterFest back in February. Brannon also competes part-time on the Chevy 525 Super Series, where he is currently 19th in points with a season-best finish of 10th at Penton (Ala.) Raceway.

—By Robert Holman, Editor & Publisher

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