CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kurt Busch will miss the beginning of NASCAR’s playoffs with concussion-like signs which have sidelined him for six weeks, which means two spots within the 16-driver area might be open Saturday evening within the regular-season finale at Daytona Worldwide Speedway.
23XI Racing on Thursday withdrew the medical waiver that was holding Busch’s spot within the playoffs.
“As a lot as I wished and hoped to have the ability to get again within the No. 45 automobile to make a playoff run with our group, it is nonetheless not the best time for me,” Busch said on social media. “Along with not being cleared to return to racing, I do know that I’m not able to be again within the automobile.”
Busch has been out since he crashed in qualifying July 23 at Pocono. Ty Gibbs, the 19-year-old grandson of Joe Gibbs, has changed Busch since he was injured.
Busch earned his spot within the playoffs with a win at Kansas Speedway in Might. Had he not been injured, NASCAR’s 2004 champion would have participated within the playoffs for a tenth consecutive season. By pulling its medical waiver, 23XI gave some respiration room to fellow Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr., who was battling Ryan Blaney for the ultimate spot within the area.
“I respect the game of NASCAR, my fellow drivers and the followers an excessive amount of to take up a playoff spot if I do know I am unable to compete for a championship this season,” Busch mentioned. “The choice was not a simple one, however I do know it’s the proper factor to do.”
David Wilson, president of Toyota Racing Improvement, mentioned the producer will nonetheless lean on Busch all through the playoffs.
“Toyota’s precedence for Kurt Busch for the reason that second the accident befell at Pocono has been his well being and restoration. Not his restoration to get again in a race automobile, however his restoration general,” Wilson mentioned. “Whereas we’re disenchanted that he will not get the possibility to compete for the 2022 championship by lacking the beginning of the playoffs, his well-being is the one factor that issues to us.”
NASCAR recommended Busch for the way he has dealt with his harm and mentioned the No. 45 will nonetheless be eligible to compete for the homeowners championship.