Busch and 23XI Racing introduced on Thursday that Busch will be unable to return to the #45 Toyota in time for the beginning of the playoffs subsequent weekend at Darlington and had due to this fact withdrawn his medical waiver to take part.
Whereas Busch will now not be eligible for the motive force’s championship, the #45 workforce will proceed to compete for the proprietor’s championship.
Busch’s withdraw means there at the moment are 14 slots stuffed within the 16-driver playoff grid, with two accessible to be stuffed in Saturday evening’s common season finale at Daytona.
“As a lot as I wished and hoped to have the ability to get again within the #45 automobile to make a playoff run with our workforce, it’s nonetheless not the best time for me,” mentioned Busch. “Along with not being cleared to return to racing, I do know that I’m not able to be again within the automobile.
“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 can’t compete for a championship this season. The choice was not a simple one, however I do know it’s the proper factor to do.
“I’ll proceed to take time to heal and strengthen as I put together to be again within the automobile and can do all I can to assist 23XI proceed the success we’ve got had this season.”
Race winner Kurt Busch, 23XI Racing, Jordan Model Toyota Camry
Picture by: Jasen Vinlove / NKP / Motorsport Images
Busch, 43, earned a spot within the playoffs with a win at Kansas in Might. The victory marked Busch’s ninth consecutive 12 months with a win.
Busch was concerned in a tough wreck and suffered a concussion within the ultimate spherical of qualifying at Pocono Raceway in late July however has not been cleared by NASCAR to compete since.
“Kurt has elevated our total organisation this 12 months,” mentioned 23XI workforce president, Steve Lauletta. “Though Kurt won’t be competing for a championship this season, he’ll proceed to play a significant function within the organisation as he works with our competitors group to maintain bettering and strengthening the workforce.”
Ty Gibbs will proceed to substitute for Busch and can be behind the wheel of the #45 this weekend at Daytona.
NASCAR issued the next assertion: “Kurt Busch has managed this tough state of affairs just like the champion that he’s. Working intently along with his medical doctors, each determination made has been in the very best curiosity of his well being, his rivals and the game. Kurt has NASCAR’s full help as he continues to heal, and we sit up for seeing him return to the race automobile.”
Toyota Racing Growth president David Wilson additionally issued an announcement following Busch’s determination:
“Toyota’s precedence for Kurt Busch for the reason that second the accident occurred at Pocono has been his well being and restoration. Not his restoration to get again in a race automobile, however his restoration total. TRD has been working instantly with Kurt to help him on his restoration journey, however finally this determination was Kurt’s and we help him utterly.
“Whereas we’re disenchanted that he received’t 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. We all know Kurt will nonetheless be an enormous a part of our championship efforts this season by way of his help and his intensive racing information that he can share along with his workforce and fellow Toyota drivers.”