‘One man’s bad luck is another man’s good luck’ and that’s exactly what seems to be happening for Kurt Busch and Ty Gibbs. The veteran No:45 Toyota Camry driver for 23X1 Racing will be side-lined once again in the upcoming Michigan cup race as he didn’t get the medical clearance to resume racing by NASCAR medical team which means Ty Gibbs will once again stand in for the veteran teaming up with Bubba Wallace.
Kurt Busch got himself onto the mess 2 race weekends ago at Pocono, only July third where his qualifying run turned into a horrifying crash causing a concussion. Busch didn’t get the clearance to race that next day as he started showing symptoms which made the 23X1 call in favor of JGR Xfinity driver Ty Gibbs, who made his maiden and second NASCAR cu race entry at the expense of the veteran, finishing inside the top 20 both the occasions, as he also replaced Busch at Indy.
23X1 Racing announced the side-lining of Busch through a media statement that read “We’re looking forward to Kurt being back to 100% and on track,”. This isn’t the first time the No:45 driver is missing out on three consecutive cup races he has been in a similar situation back in 2015, where he had a three-race suspension after a court found him guilty of abusing his ex-girlfriend.
“Working hard to get back to 100%” Kurt Busch on his recovery from Concussion
Kurt Busch acknowledged that he is making improvements every day on his way back to recovery and pointed out that Ty Gibbs has been and will doing a good job in driving the No:45 car. He reiterated that he is working hard to get back to his 100% before Cup Race return to Richmond next week, while thanking everyone that came in his support.
“I am continuing to make improvements every day. I know Ty 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,” Kurt Busch said.
How NASCAR Twitter reacted to Kurt Busch’s sideling for Michigan
NASCAR Twitter had a very supportive reaction to the announcement of the side-lining of the 2004 cup champion while some fans called for his retirement as he is in a similar situation Dale Earnhardt Jr. was in 2016, which made him retire. There were also some silly conspiracy theories suggesting it’s just all part of the plan to get Ty Gibbs, grandson of JGR owner Joey Gibbs, to cup series inheriting the No:45 car.