INDIANAPOLIS — Kurt Busch unfortunately will miss a 2nd straight race due to concussion like symptoms that developed last weekend. Busch backed his No. 45 Toyota into the outside SAFER barrier during qualifying last Saturday afternoon and as a result, had concussion like symptoms a day later. They kept him out of his 23X Racing car for last Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at the Pocono Raceway.
Unfortunately, he wasn’t cleared to race this weekend now either.
As a result, Ty Gibbs will fill in for Busch again as the 19 year old made a stellar debut last weekend with a 16th place result.
The up and coming driver has eight wins, 17 top fives and 21 top 10s for JGR in the Xfinity Series program.
“It’s a learning day. I felt like I learned a lot,” said Gibbs following his Cup Series debut at Pocono. “I’m very thankful. It was close to almost a top 15. It was fun racing with Brad (Keselowski). Never thought I’d race with these guys. It was just cool being next to them on the track. So, to 10-year-old Ty, that means a lot.”
With confidence of a solid Cup start in his back pocket, Gibbs now turns his attention to this weekend’s Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course where he will be asked again to fill in for Busch in the No. 45 23XI Racing Toyota. The team made the following official announcement on Thursday, July 27.
The North Carolina native, Gibbs, made his Xfinity Series track debut at the Indianapolis Road Course last season when he started fifth but finished 19th.
Gibbs currently leads the NASCAR Xfinity Series with four wins this season, the most recent on a road course – Road America on July 2. He also has Xfinity wins at the Daytona Road Course (2021) and Watkins Glen (2021).
Busch enters Sunday’s race 17th in the current points standings (was 14th before Pocono), but 12th in the playoff rankings after his win in May at Kansas Speedway.
Competition officials announced that Busch will be granted a postseason waiver upon his return, if he meets all other criteria for Cup Series Playoffs eligibility.