Jun 4, 2022; Madison, Illinois, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kurt Busch (45) looks on during Nascar Cup qualifying at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. Mandatory Credit: Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports

Since his horrific crash a few weeks ago at Pocono, Kurt Busch has been sidelined with a concussion and has been fighting his way back. However, once again, his recovery is ongoing and will cause him to miss a NASCAR race.

Busch still is dealing with concussion-like symptoms and will miss the Cup Series race this weekend at Richmond. Busch made his announcement on social media Wednesday.

“Brain injury recovery doesn’t always take a linear path. I’ve been feeling well in my recovery, but this week I pushed to get my heart rate and body in a race simulation type environment, and it’s clear I’m not ready to be back in the race car,” Busch wrote on Twitter.

“This was by far the hardest week emotionally because I do feel the progression of recovery, but racing requires an extreme physical and mental effort, and my body is not 100% able to sustain the intense race conditions.”

Ty Gibbs, who is the grandson of Joe Gibbs, will once again be behind the wheel of the No. 45 car this coming Sunday. Gibbs had his first top 10 finish of the season this past Sunday at Michigan.

Busch being out has hurt his standings in the playoff field, dropping him from 14th to 20th. But the good news is that Busch has a waiver to hold his spot in the playoffs should he make it. However, if two more drivers win their first Cup series race of the season, Busch could be knocked out.


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