NSCS: Kyle Busch Sidelined After XFINITY Series Crash; Will Not Race in Daytona 500 Tomorrow

Marshall Gabell Featured, NASCAR, Southeast 0 Comments

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. and CHARLOTTE N.C. – Report by Race Chaser Online Mid-Atlantic Correspondent Marshall Gabell – Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images North America photo —

After a nasty accident with nine laps to go in Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway, Kyle Busch will not compete in tomorrow’s Daytona 500.

The announcement was made by NASCAR on Twitter at 7:21 p.m. local time and subsequently confirmed by Joe Gibbs Racing.

Mayhem struck after Busch got into the back of his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones, sparking a multi-car accident just past the start-finish line that saw the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota pound the inside wall past the exit of pit road (where there was no SAFER Barrier).

Busch’s wife Samantha, six months pregnant with the couple’s first child, rushed to the scene as the driver known as “Rowdy” climbed slowly from the rubble and immediately signaled for assistance from rescue crews. Busch was assisted onto a stretcher and his right leg stabilized in a splint, showing visible distress from camera shots.

Busch, who was scheduled to start fourth in the Daytona 500 tomorrow, was diagnosed with an apparent right leg injury at the scene and was immediately transported to Halifax Medial Center for further evaluation, where a NASCAR spokesperson passed along that Busch was awake and alert.

According to multiple reports, JGR spoke with NASCAR about having Erik Jones replace Busch in tomorrow’s Great American Race, but that request was turned down by NASCAR officials.

A report from Jenna Fryer of the Associated Press just after 8 pm. stated that two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and ThorSport Racing driver Matt Crafton was being fitted for a seat insert and will fly back down to Daytona to drive the No. 18 M&Ms Crispy Toyota in the 500 tomorrow.

Additional information will be passed along as received.

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