Joe Gibbs Racing announces replacement drivers for injured Kyle Busch

David Ragan finished 17th Sunday at Daytona. (Getty Images)
David Ragan finished 17th Sunday at Daytona. (Getty Images)
David Ragan finished 17th Sunday at Daytona. (Getty Images)

David Ragan will serve as interim driver in place of injured Kyle Busch for the foreseeable future starting this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Joe Gibbs Racing made the announcement Tuesday via email.  Ragan is a veteran in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series will race the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota as Busch continues his recovery from multiple lower-leg injuries suffered in a crash Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.

Busch was transferred from a Daytona Beach hospital to North Carolina to continue his recovery from a broken lower right leg, and a broken left foot. Busch underwent surgery on his right leg Saturday night and is expected to have surgery on his foot in the near future. A timetable for Busch’s return to racing has not been set. Matt Crafton, two-time champion in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, finished 18th as fill-in for Busch in last Sunday’s season-opening Daytona 500.

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