Busch still not cleared, Ty Gibbs to fill in at Michigan

Kurt Busch will be sidelined for a 3rd straight week. The 2004 series champion announced via his social media channels that due to not being cleared again, he’ll have to miss Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 (3 p.m. ET, USA, MRN) at the Michigan International Speedway as a result.

“While I am continuing to make improvements every day and can’t wait to get back in the No. 45 Monster Energy Toyota Camry TRD, I have yet to be cleared to return to competition and will not be participating in the NASCAR Cup Series race this weekend at Michigan International Speedway,” Busch said via a statement. “I know Ty (Gibbs) will continue to do a great job representing 23XI and the No. 45 Monster Energy team this weekend in Michigan. I am working hard to get back to 100% and it’s my hope to be back in the car at Richmond Raceway. Thanks to everyone for the continued support and I look forward to being back on track soon.”

Busch developed concussion like symptoms after he backed his No. 45 Toyota into the outside SAFER barrier during qualifying 2 weekends ago at the Pocono Raceway. They kept him out of his 23X Racing car that weekend before being reevaluated last week. He was held out of Indy last weekend for the injury from Pocono and now will miss time this weekend in Michigan.

Ty Gibbs will fill in again. He finished 16th and 17th in his 2 opportunities in this ride.

Busch suffered concussion-like symptoms after a qualifying crash on July 23 at Pocono Raceway, resulting in Ty Gibbs filling his role for the 23XI Racing team’s No. 45 entry at Pocono and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course.

Though Busch will now miss his third race of 2022, he has been granted a waiver to compete for the championship if he qualifies for the 16-driver playoff field. In current playoff standing, he is locked in by virtue of his win in May at Kansas Speedway.

Busch will be evaluated further to determine if he is fit to race in next Sunday’s action at Richmond Raceway.

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