Kurt Busch to miss 4th straight race

Kurt Busch still isn’t ready to return to his seat in the No. 45 Toyota. He announced via his social media channels on Wednesday that he’ll miss his 4th straight race for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series event at the Richmond (VA) Raceway.

Busch developed concussion like symptoms after he backed his No. 45 Toyota into the outside SAFER barrier during qualifying 3 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 Pocono, lndy, Michigan and now Richmond.

Xfinity Series regular Ty Gibbs will fill in again for Busch in the No. 45 Camry. He stepped in for the last three races, recording a best finish of 10th last weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Those starts marked the first Cup Series efforts for Gibbs, the 19-year-old grandson of Coach Joe Gibbs.

NASCAR officials indicated that Busch, a two-time Richmond winner, had received a medical waiver to retain his playoff eligibility, should all other criteria for making the postseason be met. Busch scored his lone Cup Series win of the season in May after a dominant performance at Kansas Speedway.

Busch is in his first year with the 23XI organization co-owned by NBA legend Michael Jordan and fellow driver Denny Hamlin. The veteran has 34 wins in 776 Cup Series starts and secured the series championship in 2004.

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