Kurt Busch not cleared for NASCAR Cup race at Pocono

Kurt Busch not cleared for NASCAR Cup race at Pocono

Published July 25, 2022
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LONG POND, Pa. — Kurt Busch was not cleared by NASCAR’s medical staff to compete in Sunday’s race at Pocono Raceway, and the 23XI Racing driver was replaced by 19-year-old Ty Gibbs, who finished 18th in the race, which was won by Denny Hamlin.

Busch, who has made 776 career Cup starts, is the 2004 series champion and is in his first season driving for a team co-owned by Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin. His No. 45 Toyota spun on Saturday and slammed into NASCAR’s protective safer barriers.

23XI selected Gibbs, grandson of Joe Gibbs Racing owner and former NFL coach Joe Gibbs, to make his first start. Gibbs finished second in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race and is third in the series points standings.

Ty Gibbs said Sunday he had to pull over on the side of the highway and collect his thoughts when he got the call Saturday to replace Busch. Gibbs was already back in North Carolina and hopped on a racing simulator until 1 a.m. to get himself ready for his debut.