As a result of Kurt Busch being forced to skip last Sunday’s race at Pocono Raceway, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course, Busch confirmed Wednesday afternoon that he has not been allowed to compete and will miss his second straight race. It’s deja vu for 23XI Racing’s Ty Gibbs, who will again fill in for Kurt Busch at the Verizon 200.
Due to “concussion-like symptoms” following a severe crash in Turn 3 during qualifying on Saturday, Busch confirmed Sunday morning that he had not been medically cleared by NASCAR to compete. This week, Busch had another round of medical evaluation, and he has yet to receive the all-clear.
“I remain focused on focusing on my recuperation and getting back on track and will continue to work closely with NASCAR’s medical team and my personal team of doctors,” Busch stated.
“For this, I’m grateful to my sponsors, 23XI, and myself, as well as Ty, who stepped in to drive the No. 45 Monster Energy Toyota Camry TRD for me. I am proud of his debut and confident that he will do a good job this weekend for the 45.”
Did you know that Sunday's #NASCAR race at Pocono marked the first race since Dale Earnhardt Sr's death where no one in the field has raced against the Intimidator? Kurt Busch is the last active full-time Cup driver to have raced against the Man in Black.https://t.co/iW9fjYlH50
— Justin Schuoler (@JSchuoler) July 29, 2022
His NASCAR Cup debut came last Sunday when Busch was injured and Gibbs, the 19-year-old grandson of Joe Gibbs, was called into action and finished 16th. A statement from Gibbs said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Kurt and the 23XI Racing team this week in Indianapolis. All of us are eagerly awaiting his return.
After being forced to withdraw from Pocono due to an injury, Kyle Busch was given a medical waiver by NASCAR, allowing him to compete in the Playoffs despite missing numerous events. It’s worth noting that prior to the final race of the season at Kansas, Kyle Busch was 14th in the standings with a lone victory, five top-five finishes, and eight top-ten finishes.
Jimmie Johnson collided with Busch in a race. Both Johnson and Busch were involved in a collision at Chicagoland Speedway three weeks later when they collided with each other again. Immediately following the collision, Busch responded by striking Johnson’s car in the door area.
Busch was involved in a crash on lap 165 of the August race at Pocono after bump drafting with Johnson, a year after the incident. However, his contribution was overshadowed by Elliott Sadler’s devastating impact on the interior wall during the same collision.
On the penultimate lap of the August 2011 Pocono race, both Busch and Johnson were engaging in a battle for third place when they came into collision. During the post-race conversation, the two would exchange pleasantries.
After the Pocono race in September 2011, Busch and Johnson were ordered to slow down and settle down for the fall Richmond race. However, Busch made contact with Johnson, causing Johnson to spin out in a cloud of smoke.
On the following lap, Johnson waited for Busch to come around the track and purposefully responded by making contact resembling the earlier spin. Busch avoided a collision at first glance, but he was thrown out of control when he tried to avoid another vehicle.
For several laps, Johnson was black-flagged because radio conversations indicated that Busch’s first touch with Johnson was not deliberate. “Five-time chump-ion” was how Busch described Johnson after the race, saying he was always in the driver’s brain. In order to put the situation behind them, he and Johnson shook hands during post-race festivities.
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