CHARLOTTE, NC – Kurt Busch will miss his third straight race with concussion-like symptoms when he sits down at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday. His vision and hearing are “still not 100% for driving.”
Busch was injured after crashing in qualifying on July 23 at Pocono Raceway. Ty Gibbs replaces him in the No. 45 Toyota for the third drive for 23XI Racing.
“I’ll continue to update every day,” Busch said on social media. “I know Ty will do a great job representing the 23XI and No. 45 Monster Energy team this weekend in Michigan.” I am working hard to get back to 100% and it is my hope to get back in the car at Richmond Raceway. Thank you all for your continued support and I will be back on track soon.”
Bush later released a video of himself at a Charlotte FC soccer game Wednesday night, saying doctors encouraged him to seek encouragement.
“Doctors told me to get into loud, busy places,” Bush said, “so I came to Charlotte FC.”
He stood in front of the crowd drumming and shouting, and as the video ended, Bush smiled, closed his eyes and said, “It’s giving me a headache.”
Gibbs finished 17th at Pocono and Indianapolis, but Michigan will be the first traditional oval in a Cup car. If Busch qualifies, he has an excuse to take his spot on the NASCAR field. Heading into Sunday’s contest, Michigan has a spot based on May’s win at Kansas.
Busch will lose that spot in points depending on how the other drivers do when he exits. Four races remain to make up the playoff field.
“We look forward to Kurt being back to 100% and on track,” 23XI said in a statement.