Between Kurt Busch’s legal troubles, and younger brother, Kyle Busch’s Xfinity late race crash, tomorrow’s Daytona 500 will run without either the No. 41 or No. 18 with a Busch behind the wheel.
Kurt Busch appealed NASCAR’s indefinite suspension of the Stewart-Haas No. 41 driver, but his fast-tracked appeal was denied. Regan Smith will fill in for SHR in the 2015 running of the Daytona 500, but no future plans for the No. 41 have been announced.
Younger Busch brother, Kyle, racing double-duty this weekend in the Xfinity series and the Sprint Cup series was involved in a late race accident at lap 112, where Busch hit an inside wall going approximately 90 miles per hour. The wall Busch’s No. 54 Xfinity car struck was unfortunately, not a SAFER barrier, but rather a concrete wall.
Busch immediately signaled to track officials that he was injured, and he eventually had his right leg immobilized and was sent to the Halifax Medical Center, circumventing the normal procedure of going to the track’s infield care center.
Joe Gibbs Racing has not indicated how long Kyle Busch will be out of the No. 54 and 18 cars of JGR, but it is rumored that Matt Crafton will race the No. 18 Toyota Camry for the Daytona 500.
The 2015 Daytona 500 will be the first since 2000 that didn’t feature at least one of the Busch brothers.