Jimmie Johnson says that the finger he injured during the NASCAR Sprint Cup offseason is healing well, though he plans to test a variety of braces on his hand during Budweiser Shootout practice at Daytona International Speedway tomorrow.

The three-time defending Cup champion injured himself when he accidentally slashed his hand with a knife during the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January. The Hendrick Motorsports driver was trying to cut a hole in his uniform for a cooling hose when he slipped and cut the middle finger on his left hand.

Johnson says that the stitches have come out and that the area is still swollen, but he has more motion and grip with it after working to rehabilitate it.

"Outside of it being a little clumsy and swollen, it's healing well," he said.

Johnson doesn't expect any problems. He doesn't need padding in his glove, but he is working with the braces.



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