DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Report by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Jerry Markland/Getty Images North America photo —
After a violent crash at the end of Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona sent Kyle Busch to the Halifax Medical Center, doctors determined Busch suffered a compound fracture of his right lower leg, as well as a mid-foot fracture of his left foot, in the accident.
Busch was taken by ambulance to Halifax immediately following the accident and is undergoing surgery on his right leg.
While no specific timetable was offered for Busch’s return, he is anticipated to be sidelined for four to six months — a parallel timetable to Tony Stewart’s recovery from a similar leg injury suffered in a 2013 sprint car accident.
Following the news that Busch would be out of Sunday’s 57th running of the Daytona 500, Joe Gibbs Racing officials announced that two-time and defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton will be taking over the ride for Sunday’s race.
“Veteran Matt Crafton will serve as the interim driver for Busch’s No. 18 Toyota during Sunday’s 57th Daytona 500,” JGR said in their press announcement. “An interim driver has not been determined for the following race March 1 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, or for any future races.”
Fans can watch Crafton in the Daytona 500 live on FOX beginning at 1 p.m. local time on Sunday.