Kyle Busch Injury: Updates on NASCAR Star’s Status and Return
CNN — NASCAR driver Kyle Busch was involved in a serious accident at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday in which he suffered a broken right leg. He underwent successful surgery, though there is not a clear timetable for his return.
No Timetable for Busch’s Return
Sunday, Feb. 22
Joe Gibbs commented on Busch’s status and revealed there is no timetable set for his return following successful surgery. Jeff Owens of the Sporting News shared what Gibbs had to say:
“Kyle was lighthearted, joking with me before surgery. Afterward, doctors came in and … everything went very well.
I don’t think I have a good understanding with the doctors. I think we’re just going to pray for him. He told (Busch’s wife) Sam, I just want to get back to racing.”
Busch Suffers Broken Leg
Saturday, Feb. 21
ESPN.com’s Bob Pockrass reported details after the race concerning Busch’s injury:
“Kyle Busch was stretchered off after his car slammed into an infield concrete wall during the Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
Busch, in obvious pain, had his right leg placed in an air cast before being transported. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver is supposed to start fourth Sunday in the Daytona 500.”
NASCAR reported that Busch was conscious and aware but will not participate in the Daytona 500. He will be replaced by Matt Crafton.
Nate Ryan of NBC Sports reported that Busch had successful surgery and he’s resting comfortably.
Jimmie Johnson was among those who weighed in on the matter:
Per NASCAR.com, Busch had been scheduled to start in the second row in fourth place for Sunday’s prestigious Daytona 500. Despite the excitement he’s generated by emerging among the elite in the new group qualifying format, the chief concern right now is Busch’s well-being.
For the moment, racing will be put on hold, and he’ll look to regain this momentum whenever he’s medically cleared to return to the track.