Ty Gibbs to finish out regular season at 23XI Racing for Kurt Busch

WATKINS GLEN, NEW YORK - AUGUST 20: Ty Gibbs, driver of the #45 Toyota SmartPath Toyota, drives during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling at The Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 20, 2022 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

This week former NASCAR Cup Series champion Kurt Busch issued a statement saying he would miss an additional two races – this week at Watkins Glen and next week at Daytona Beach – as he continues to heal from a concussion suffered during a qualifying crash at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway four weeks ago.

“As much as I want to be back in the car, the time is still not right,’’ Busch said in a statement issued on social media this week. “Over the last few weeks, I have focused all my efforts on getting better. And in order to fully focus my recovery on trying to be back for the Playoffs, I will not be competing in the next two races at Watkins Glen and Daytona

“The decision was not an easy one, but the right one.’’

Current NASCAR Xfinity Series standout Ty Gibbs will continue to drive Busch’s No. 45 23XI Racing Toyota for those two events. The 19-year old Gibbs has one top-10 (10th at Michigan) in four races for the team while Busch is sidelined. He qualified the car 16th for Sunday’s race.