After collapsing in qualifying on Saturday, Kurt Busch will miss Sunday’s race at Pocono due to an apparent concussion. Ty Gibbs, an Xfinity Series driver, will take over Busch’s No. 45 car at 23XI Racing.
Former NASCAR team owner and former Washington Commanders coach Joe Gibbs’ grandson Gibbs is making his Cup debut. The 19-year-old Gibbs competes in the Xfinity Series for his grandfather’s team, 23XI Racing, which Denny Hamlin co-owns in the JGR Cup Series.
During qualifying on Saturday, Busch’s vehicle slammed into the wall exiting Turn 3. According to NASCAR, Busch was re-evaluated on Sunday as a result of his incident and was ruled out of racing that afternoon.
‘I respect the decision that NASCAR has made to put the health of the drivers before racing,’ Kyle Busch stated in a statement. “I’m still experiencing signs of a concussion from the impact I took in qualifying the day before. According to the results, I’m still recuperating. My medical team’s advice will continue to be followed, and I’d want to thank everyone for their support.”
— Kurt Busch (@KurtBusch) July 24, 2022
In May, Busch triumphed in Kansas and will be competing in the Cup Series playoffs this fall as a result. NASCAR will grant him a waiver so that he may still compete in the playoffs despite missing the event. In the first 20 races of the season, Kyle Busch has eight top-10 finishes and is 14th in the standings.
A total of four races have been won by Gibbs so far this year in the Xfinity Series. When Kurt’s brother Kyle Busch is not retained by JGR, he might be in line for a promotion to the Cup Series in 2023. If Kyle Busch does not re-sign with JGR when the M&M Mars contract expires at the conclusion of the 2022 season, he will be free to join another team.
However, after finishing one place higher than 10th in the first three races of 2021, Busch struggled to finish in the top five again until the 16th race of the season at Sonoma.
There were three straight top-eight finishes thanks to his sixth-place result. Chip Ganassi Racing stated on June 30, 2021, that it has sold its entire NASCAR operation to Justin Marks, co-founder of the Crackhouse Racing Team. This made Kyle Busch a free agent when the season ended in 2021.
Kurt won the Quaker State 400 in Atlanta on July 11th, holding off his younger brother Kyle and securing his spot in the playoffs. Due to his poor performance in the Round of 16 race at Bristol, Kyle Busch was knocked out of the playoffs. He was the team’s 11th-best scorer at the end of the season.
When 23XI Racing announced that Kurt Busch will be driving the No. 45 Toyota Camry in 2022, it was a big deal. The 2022 Daytona 500 was Busch’s first race of the season, and he finished 19th.
Despite a strong start at Phoenix and Atlanta, where he finished in the top five, he struggled at COTA, Richmond, the Bristol dirt, Dover, and Darlington despite a promising start. He was able to bounce back, though, by defeating Kansas. During qualifying for the Pocono race, Busch suffered a concussion. Ty Gibbs, an Xfinity Series driver, replaced him in the race.
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